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hobo

noun ho·bo \ ˈhō-(ˌ)bō \

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

hobo Synonyms

Synonyms
bindle stiff, bum, bummer, tramp, sundowner [Australian], swaggie [chiefly Australian], swagman [chiefly Australian], vagabond, vagrant
Related Words
drifter, roamer, transient; beggar, derelict, mendicant, panhandler, stiff; dodger, malingerer, shirker, slacker; gamine, ragamuffin, urchin, waif

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hobo

verb

Definition of hobo

intransitive verb
:to live or travel in the manner of a hobo

First Known Use of hobo

1906


HOBO Defined for English Language Learners

hobo

noun

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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