hobo

noun
ho·​bo | \ ˈhō-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce hobo (audio) \
plural hoboes also hobos

Definition of hobo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a migratory worker
2 : a homeless and usually penniless vagabond
3 or less commonly hobo bag : a large shoulder bag shaped like a pouch To punctuate the all-blue outfit, the actress slung on an unstructured, oversized suede hobo, a practical antidote to the current craze for fanny packs and mini bags.— Edward Barsamian

hobo

verb
hoboed; hoboing; hobos

Definition of hobo (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to live or travel in the manner of a hobo

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Synonyms for hobo

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of hobo in a Sentence

Noun kind folks who always gave hoboes who came to the farm a meal and then sent them on their way
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By the time they were grilled hard enough to hold the load without disintegrating, the doughnuts just became greasy hobo blankets. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Lucy Cooper’s Ice House at the top of San Antonio’s bar food scene," 12 Sep. 2019 Presenting four styles; a slouchy hobo, an oversized clutch, a braided messenger bag, and a waist belt, Simkhai hit on all the basics a fashion girl needs right now. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jonathan Simkhai Makes His Handbag Debut and You're Going to Want Them All," 9 Sep. 2019 For decades, San Francisco had a large hobo population. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "SF ‘hobohemia’ transformed into Skid Row as jobs and city changed," 10 Aug. 2019 Leaving her hobo bag or fanny pack at home, Kardashian opted for Jacquemus’s tiny bag instead. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kourtney Kardashian Gives the Micro Bag a Vacation-Ready Spin," 4 Aug. 2019 The migrant hobos considered these men to be of lower status. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "SF ‘hobohemia’ transformed into Skid Row as jobs and city changed," 10 Aug. 2019 From 1901 to 1905 alone, about 24,000 hobos were killed while jumping trains. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "Don’t call them bums: Hobos once filled the South of Market," 26 July 2019 Buddha Buddha was allegedly named for a hobo who frequented the area. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's quirky place names and how they came to be," 15 July 2019 If small bags aren’t your thing, another editor made the case for a roomy white hobo. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Forget Beige and Black: Spring’s Must-Have Bags Come in Ultra-Bright White," 29 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of hobo

Noun

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hobo

Noun

origin unknown

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26 Sep 2019

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The first known use of hobo was in 1888

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hobo

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English Language Learners Definition of hobo

US : a person who has no place to live and no money and who travels to many different places

hobo

noun
ho·​bo | \ ˈhō-bō How to pronounce hobo (audio) \
plural hoboes

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