ho

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ho, hoo (interjection), probably from Old Norse hó! (interjection, also, a shepherd's call). Compare German ho, Old French ho ! (hold!, halt!).

Interjection[edit]

ho

  1. (nautical) Used to attract attention to something sighted, usually by lookouts.
    Sail ho!
    Another boat is visible!
    Land ho!
    Land is visible!
    Man ho!
    A town is visible!
  2. halloo; hey; a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach
    • Shakespeare
      What noise there, ho?
    • Shakespeare
      Ho! who's within?
    • Shakespeare
      O ho, O ho! Would't had been done!
    • Bishop Joseph Hall
      Ho! all ye females that would live unshent, / Fly from the reach of Cyned's regiment.
Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

ho

  1. A stop; a halt; a moderation of pace.
    • Decker
      There is no ho with them.
References[edit]
  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, →ISBN

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation spelling of whore in a non-rhotic accent with the dough-door merger, which is found in some varieties of African American Vernacular English. Compare mo (more), fo' (for; four).

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

ho (plural hos or hoes)

  1. (slang, derogatory) A whore; a sexually promiscuous woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a woman with connotations of loose sexuality.
    Bros before hos!
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English hogu, akin to Old High German hugu, hugi (Middle High German hüge), Old Saxon hugi (Middle Dutch höghe, Dutch heug ), Old Norse hugr, Gothic 𐌷𐌿𐌲𐍃 (hugs). Also spelled hoe.

Noun[edit]

ho (plural hos)

  1. (obsolete) Care, anxiety, trouble, sorrow.
    • 1567, G. Turberville tr. A. Sani di Cure Aunsweres in tr. Ovid Heroycall Epist. 155v:
      Though there bee A thousand cares that heape my hoe.
    • 1798, C. Smith, Young Philosopher I. 195:
      Him that..this gentlewoman is in such a hoe about.
    • 1869-70, William Barnes, The Widow’s House, Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect:
      But by day to the zun they must rise To their true lives o' tweil an' ov ho.
    • 1875, W. D. Parish Dict. Sussex Dial (at cited word):
      I doänt see as you've any call to putt yourself in no such terrible gurt hoe over it.

Etymology 4[edit]

From Old English hogu, a later modification of hycgan. Cognate with Middle Scots huik, Old High German hucken, Old Saxon huggjan (Dutch heugen), Old Norse hyggja, Gothic 𐌷𐌿𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (hugjan). Also spelled hoe.

Verb[edit]

ho

  1. (obsolete) To care, be anxious, long.
    • 1787, F. Grose, Provinc. Gloss (at cited word):
      To ho for anything, to long for any thing. Berks.
    • 1847-78, J. O. Halliwell, Dict. Archaic & Provinc. Words:
      Ho...to long for anything; to be careful and anxious. West.
    • 1869-70, William Barnes, The Bells of Alderburnham, Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect:
      But still 'tis happiness to know That there's a God above us; An' he, by day an' night do ho Vor all ov us an' love us.
    • 1874, T. Hardy, Far from Madding Crowd II. xxiii. 289:
      To ho and hanker after thik woman.
    • 1888, B. Lowsley, Gloss. Berks. Words & Phrases:
      Ho, to long for; to care greatly for.

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Catalan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin hoc.

Pronoun[edit]

ho (enclitic and proclitic)

  1. it (direct object); replaces the demonstrative pronouns açò, això and allò
  2. replaces an independent clause (one which could grammatically form a sentence on its own)
  3. replaces an adjective or an indefinite noun which serves as the predicate of ésser, esdevenir, estar or semblar

Usage notes[edit]

  • Ho cannot be used with either en or hi.

Declension[edit]

Contraction[edit]

Proclictic
Enclictic

Chickasaw[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ho

  1. they

Czech[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ho m, n

  1. Accusative case of on.
  2. Accusative case of ono.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (accusative of on): jej

Danish[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ho

  1. (onomatopoeia) Signifies a hearty laugh.

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Esperanto[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

ho (accusative singular ho-on, plural ho-oj, accusative plural ho-ojn)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter H.

See also[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ho

  1. oh

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ho

  1. Used by tamer to calm the animal they are taming, especially horses; whoa.
    Ho ! Tout doux !
    Whoa! Easy!
  2. Used to express surprise or shock.
    Ho... mon dieu !
    Oh...my God!

Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From home (man).

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ho!

  1. used closing the sentence to bolster the attention of the listener; emphatic
    Para, ho!
    Stop!
    Non o volvo facer! Non ho!
    I'm not doing this again! No way!

References[edit]

  • ho” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • ho” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • ho” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

Italian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • o (misspelling)

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

ho

  1. first-person singular present indicative of avere (I have)

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ho

  1. Rōmaji transcription of
  2. Rōmaji transcription of

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Preposition[edit]

ho

  1. Obsolete spelling of

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ho

  1. who

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English , from Proto-Germanic *hiz (this, this one).

Pronoun[edit]

ho

  1. Alternative form of he

References[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ho

  1. Alternative form of heo

References[edit]

Etymology 4[edit]

From Old English hīe, .

Pronoun[edit]

ho

  1. Alternative form of he

References[edit]


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hon.

Pronoun[edit]

ho (accusative henne, genitive hennes)

Pronoun[edit]

ho

  1. (Non-standard since 2005) she, (third person singular, feminine)

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse hon.

Pronoun[edit]

ho (accusative ho or henne, genitive hennar)

Pronoun[edit]

ho

  1. she, it (third person singular, feminine)
    Ho er bestevenninna mi.
    She is my best friend.
  2. her
    Eg ser ho.
    I see her.

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike other Scandinavian languages, Nynorsk ho is used to refer not only to feminine persons, but any feminine noun. E.g.: Boka er god. Eg likar ho. - The book is good. I like it.

Synonyms[edit]
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Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

ho f (definite singular hoa, indefinite plural hoer, definite plural hoene)

  1. female
    Hoa legg egga oppe i eit tre.
    The female lays the eggs up in a tree.

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Old Irish[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

ho

  1. Alternative spelling of ó

Preposition[edit]

ho

  1. Alternative spelling of ó

Orya[edit]

Noun[edit]

ho

  1. water

References[edit]


Slovak[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ho

  1. short genitive singular of on
  2. short accusative singular of on
  3. short genitive singular of ono
  4. short accusative singular of ono

Synonyms[edit]

  • (long form): jeho
  • (prepositional form): neho

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ho c

  1. a trough; a long container for feeding or watering animals.
  2. a sink; often mounted to a wall; especially a kitchen sink or a washing sink.

Declension[edit]

Declension of ho 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative ho hon hoar hoarna
Genitive hos hons hoars hoarnas

Related terms[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ho

  1. (obsolete) who
  2. (dialectal) she

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Tagalog[edit]

Particle[edit]

ho

  1. (Batangas) a honorific particle
    Taga-saan naman ho kayo?
    Where are you from? (when addressing a person of higher status, like elders)

Synonyms[edit]

  • (Manila, Standard Tagalog, other dialects) po

Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *hɔː.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

ho (, 𤵡)

  1. to cough

Derived terms[edit]

Derived terms

Warao[edit]

Noun[edit]

ho

  1. water

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]


Zhuang[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Bouyei hol (garlic).

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ho (old orthography ho)

  1. garlic