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- A homeless, usually penniless person, in some way associated with a life along the rails.
- A migratory laborer
- (pejorative) A tramp, vagabond; hence bum
- Often used attributively, as if an adjective. For example, "hobo stew", "he was leading a hobo life."
- Hobos historically have loathed being grouped together with bums, whom they view as pure untrustworthy loafers.  Hobos, on the other hand, were allegedly pure "migratory workers". Whether this is a case of "no true Scotsman", or was actually the case is unknown.
- See also Wikisaurus:vagabond
tramp, vagabond; bum
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- (intransitive, perhaps pejorative) To be a hobo, tramp, bum etc.
- Joe idly hoboed through half the country till he realized hoboing never gets you anywhere in life.
- hoboïst m
- rōmaji reading of
- ^ Tales of the Iron Road: My Life As King of the Hobos