hobo

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Possibly a contraction of ho, boy, or the dialectal English term hawbuck (lout, clumsy fellow, country bumpkin). It could also be an abbreviation for homeless boy or homeward bound.

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Noun[edit]

hobo (plural hobos or hoboes)

  1. A wandering homeless person, especially (historical) one illegally travelling by rail or (derogatory) a penniless, unemployed bum.
  2. Any migratory laborer, whether homeless or not.
  3. A kind of large handbag.
    • 1989, Susan Ludwig, ‎Janice Steinberg, Petite Style (page 46)
      Avoid bulky styles such as duffle sacks, buckets, doctors' satchels, and hobos.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used attributively, as if an adjective. For example, "hobo stew", "he was leading a hobo life."
  • Although informal usage considers hobo synonymous with bum, self-proclaimed hobos sometimes distinguish themselves as migrant workers rather than unemployed bums.[1]

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Verb[edit]

hobo (third-person singular simple present hobos, present participle hoboing, simple past and past participle hoboed)

  1. (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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tales of the Iron Road: My Life As King of the Hobos.

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French hautbois.

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Noun[edit]

hobo m (plural hobo's, diminutive hobootje n)

  1. oboe

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

hobo

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ほぼ