From Middle English hose (“leggings, hose”), from Old English hose, hosa (“hose, leggings”), from Proto-Germanic *husǭ (“coverings, leggings, trousers”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kew- (“to cover”). Compare West Frisian hoas (“hose”), Dutch hoos (“stocking, water-hose”), German Hose (“trousers”). Compare Tocharian A kać (“skin”), Russian кишка́ (kišká, “gut”), Ancient Greek κύστις (kústis, “bladder”), Sanskrit कोष्ठ (koṣṭha, “intestine”). More at sky.
- (countable) A flexible tube conveying water or other fluid.
- (uncountable) A stocking-like garment worn on the legs; pantyhose, women's tights.
- (obsolete) Close-fitting trousers or breeches, reaching to the knee.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Daniel 3:21:
- These men were bound in their coates, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fierie furnace.
- c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene vii]:
- His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide / For his shrunk shank,
- (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 1920s, hose refers mostly to women's stockings or pantyhose
- (transitive) To water or spray with a hose.
- (transitive) To deliver using a hose.
- 2003, Tony Hillerman, The Sinister Pig, →ISBN, page 57:
- He had just finished hosing gasoline into his tank, a short man, burly, needing a shave, and wearing greasy coveralls.
- (transitive) To provide with hose (garment)
- 1834 July to December, Pierce Pungent, “Men and Manners”, in 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.
- (transitive) To trick or deceive.
- (transitive, computing) To break a computer so everything needs to be reinstalled; to wipe all files.
- (transitive, sports) To cause an unfair disadvantage to a player or team through poor officiating; especially, to cause a player or team to lose the game with an incorrect call.
- Stockings or tights (often worn by men in the ME period).
- (in the plural) pants, trousers; hose.
- Armour or protection for the legs; armoured legwear.
- (rare) The bendable outer casing of grains.
- (rare) A bendable tube for liquids; a hose.
- (rare) A bendable tube acting as a trap.
From hose (noun).
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