See also: Hoe, hoë, , hō'ē, hòe, and hoè

English

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A hoe

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Etymology 1

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From Middle English howe, from Anglo-Norman houe, from Frankish *hauwā (compare Middle Dutch houwe), from Frankish *hauwan (to hew), from Proto-Germanic *hawwaną (to cut, hew). More at hew.

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hoe (plural hoes)

  1. An agricultural tool consisting of a long handle with a flat blade fixed perpendicular to it at the end, used for digging rows or removing weeds.
    • 2009, TRU TV, 28 March:
      It was obvious that it consisted of several blows to the head from the hoe.
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Verb

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hoe (third-person singular simple present hoes, present participle hoeing, simple past and past participle hoed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To cut, dig, scrape, turn, arrange, or clean, with this tool.
    to hoe the earth in a garden
    Every year, I hoe my garden for aeration.
    I always take a shower after I hoe in my garden.
  2. (transitive) To clear from weeds, or to loosen or arrange the earth about, with a hoe.
    to hoe corn
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Etymology 2

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From non-rhotic whore.

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hoe (plural hoes)

  1. (slang, derogatory) Alternative spelling of ho (whore, prostitute).
    • 1973, “Spoon”, in Hustler's Convention, performed by Lightnin' Rod:
      Then we split to the Cafe Black Rose / To party with some hoes
    • 1994, 0:00 from the start, in Juicy[1] (Hip Hop), spoken by The Notorious B.I.G.:
      Fuck all you hoes.
      Get a grip, motherfucker.
    • 2002, Eithne Quinn, Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap[2]:
      [] this chapter [] will [] explore why pimp (and hoe) characters, with their dramatic staging of gendered and occupational relations […] have taken such hold of the black youth imagination
    • 2003, Dan Harrington, The Good Eye[3]:
      At school they had been among the only couples that had not done “it” at the Pimp & Hoe parties that popped up occasionally at the dorm
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:hoe.
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Verb

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hoe (third-person singular simple present hoes, present participle hoeing, simple past and past participle hoed)

  1. (US, slang) Alternative spelling of ho (to prostitute).
    • 2003, Da’rel the Relentless One, M. T. Pimp[4]:
      Pimpin’ came so naturally to MT when he and his sisters played pimp and hoe games that one of his sisters wanted to hoe for him when they grew up.

Etymology 3

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From Middle English hough, hogh, from Old English hōh.

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hoe (plural hoes)

  1. A piece of land that juts out towards the sea; a promontory.
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Etymology 4

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Cognate with Dutch haai (shark), qv.

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hoe (plural hoes)

  1. (Orkney, Shetland) The horned or piked dogfish, Squalus acanthias.

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'Are'are

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hoe

  1. friend

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Afrikaans

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Etymology

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From Dutch hoe.

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hoe

  1. how
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Angor

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hoe

  1. water

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Dutch

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Etymology

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From Middle Dutch hoe, from Old Dutch huo, from Proto-Germanic *hwō.

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Adverb

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hoe

  1. how

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Descendants

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  • Berbice Creole Dutch: ho
  • Jersey Dutch:
  • Negerhollands: hoe, ho, hue

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hoe

  1. (forms a the parallel comparative) the ... the
    Hoe meer hoe beter!The more the better!
    Hoe eerder hoe beter!The sooner the better!

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Second hoe can be replaced by des te; there is no difference between the two as they are purely a matter of preference, both are commonly used throughout the Dutch-speaking regions.

Finnish

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Verb

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hoe

  1. inflection of hokea:
    1. present active indicative connegative
    2. second-person singular present imperative
    3. second-person singular present active imperative connegative

Garo

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Particle

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hoe

  1. yes, indeed

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There is no real equivalent of an antonym to yes in Garo. When denoting negative sentences, attach the suffix -ja to the main verb.

Hawaiian

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Etymology

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From Proto-Polynesian *fohe, from Proto-Central Pacific *voce, from Proto-Oceanic *pose, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *boʀse, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *bəʀsay (canoe paddle).

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Noun

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hoe

  1. oar
  2. paddle

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hoe

  1. to row
  2. to paddle

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References

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  • Pukui, Mary Kawena, Elbert, Samuel H. (1986) “hoe”, in Hawaiian Dictionary, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press

Hokkien

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For pronunciation and definitions of hoe – see (“flower; blossom; florid; flowery; etc.”).
(This term is the pe̍h-ōe-jī form of ).

Maori

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Etymology

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From Proto-Polynesian *fohe, from Proto-Central Pacific *voce, from Proto-Oceanic *pose, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *boʀse, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *bəʀsay (canoe paddle).

Noun

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hoe

  1. oar
  2. paddle

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hoe

  1. to row
  2. to paddle

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References

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  • hoe” in John C. Moorfield, Te Aka: Maori–English, English–Maori Dictionary and Index, 3rd edition, Longman/Pearson Education New Zealand, 2011, →ISBN.

Middle Dutch

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Etymology

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From Old Dutch huo, from Proto-Germanic *hwō.

Adverb

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hoe

  1. how, in what way/manner
  2. how, to what degree

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Middle English

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Etymology 1

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Pronoun

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hoe

  1. Alternative form of heo (she)

Etymology 2

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Pronoun

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hoe

  1. Alternative form of he (they)

Norwegian Nynorsk

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

  1. Alternative form of ho

Old French

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Etymology

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Of Germanic origin, probably from or related to Frankish *hauwan (to chop).

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hoe oblique singularf (oblique plural hoes, nominative singular hoe, nominative plural hoes)

  1. hoe (tool)

Scots

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Etymology

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Probably from Norn høg or Middle Norwegian haa. Ultimately from Old Norse hár

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hoe (plural hoes)

  1. The piked dogfish, Squalus acanthias

Vietnamese

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Etymology

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(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.).

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Adjective

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hoe

  1. reddish
    khóc nhiều mắt đỏ hoeto cry so much that the eyes become reddish
    tóc hoe hoereddish hair

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Welsh

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Etymology

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Perhaps borrowed from English ho (a stop; a halt).[1]

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hoe f (plural hoeau, not mutable)

  1. pause, break, rest
    Synonyms: egwyl, gosteg, saib, seibiant

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  1. ^ R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “hoe”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

West Frisian

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Etymology

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From Old Frisian , from Proto-Germanic *hwō.

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Adverb

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hoe

  1. how (interrogative)

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Further reading

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  • hoe (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011