From Middle English hose (“leggings, hose”), from Old English hose, hosa (“hose, leggings”), from Proto-Germanic *husōn (compare West Frisian hoas 'hose', Dutch hoos 'stocking, water-hose', German Hose 'trousers'), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-s (compare Tocharian A kać 'skin', Russian кишка (kiška) 'gut', Ancient Greek κύστις (kústis) 'bladder', Sanskrit कोष्ठ (koṣṭha, “intestine”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu- (“to cover”). More at sky.
hose (plural hoses or hose or hosen)
- A flexible tube conveying water or other fluid, pl hoses.
- A stocking-like garment worn on the legs; pantyhose, women's tights, pl hose or hosen.
Usage notes 
- (garment covering legs) Formerly a male garment covering the lower body, with the upper body covered by a doublet. By the 16th century hose had separated into two garments, stocken and breeches. Since the 1920's, hose refers mostly to women's stockings or pantyhose
Derived terms 
stocking-like garment — see tights
hose (third-person singular simple present hoses, present participle hosing, simple past and past participle hosed)
- (transitive) To water or spray with a hose.
- 1995, Vivian Russell, Monet's Garden: Through the Seasons at Giverny, ISBN 9780711209886, page 83:
- Only days before the garden opens, the concrete is hosed down with a high-pressure jet and scrubbed.
- (transitive) To provide with hose (garment)
- 1834 July to December, Pierce Pungent, “Men and Manners”, Fraser's magazine for town and country, volume X, page 416:
- The mighty mass of many a mingled race,
Who dwell in towns where he pursued the chase;
The men degenerate shirted, cloaked, and hosed-
Nose and eyes only to the day exposed
- (transitive) To attack and kill somebody, usually using a firearm.
- 2003, John R. Bruning, Jungle ace, Brassey's, ISBN 9781574886948, page 136:
- His guns hosed down the vessel's decks, sweeping them clear of sailors, blowing holes in the bulkheads, and smashing gun positions.
- (transitive) To trick or deceive.
- 1995, Keath Fraser, Popular anatomy, The Porcupine's Quill, ISBN 9780889841499, page 458:
- Bartlett elaborated on what had happened at the warehouse, saying he thought Chandar was supposed to have advised, not hosed him.
- (transitive, computing) To break a computer so everything needs to be reinstalled; to wipe all files.
- 2006 Spring 2006, Joel Durham Jr., “Pimp Out Win XP with TweakUI”, Maximum PC, Future US, Inc., ISSN 1522-4279, page 63:
- There aren't any tricky hexadecimal calculations to snare your brain, nor is there a need to worry about hosing the registry for all eternity.
to water or spray with a hose
to attack and kill somebody
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