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hobo

noun ho·bo \ ˈhō-(ˌ)bō \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of hobo

plural hoboes also hobos
1 : a migratory worker
2 : a homeless and usually penniless vagabond

Examples of hobo in a Sentence

  1. kind folks who always gave hoboes who came to the farm a meal and then sent them on their way

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Origin and Etymology of hobo

origin unknown


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hobo

verb

Definition of hobo

: to live or travel in the manner of a hobo

First Known Use of hobo

1906

in the meaning defined above

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HOBO Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of hobo for English Language Learners

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


HOBO Defined for Kids

hobo

noun ho·bo \ ˈhō-bō \

Definition of hobo for Students

plural hoboes


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