hoe

noun
\ ˈhō How to pronounce hoe (audio) \

Definition of hoe

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : any of various implements for tilling, mixing, or raking especially : a tool with a thin flat blade on a long handle used especially for cultivating, weeding, or loosening the earth around plants
2 : backhoe

hoe

verb
hoed; hoeing

Definition of hoe (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to work with a tool with a thin flat blade on a long handle to cultivate, weed, or loosen the earth around plants : to use or work with a hoe (see hoe entry 1) or backhoe hoeing in the garden all day

transitive verb

1 : to weed, cultivate, or thin (a crop) with a hoe (see hoe entry 1) hoeing carrots and turnips
2 : to remove (weeds) by hoeing
3 : to dress or cultivate (land) by hoeing The garden needs to be hoed.

Hoe

biographical name (1)
\ ˈhō How to pronounce Hoe (audio) \

Definition of Hoe (Entry 3 of 4)

Richard March 1812–1886 son of Robert Hoe American inventor

Hoe

biographical name (2)

Definition of Hoe (Entry 4 of 4)

Robert 1784–1833 American (English-born) printing-press manufacturer

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Other Words from hoe

Verb

hoer \ ˈhō(-​ə)r How to pronounce hoer (audio) \ noun

Examples of hoe in a Sentence

Verb

The garden has to be hoed. She was hoeing in the garden all day.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Every black man should get a young white girl hoe to hone up on ... David J. Krajicek, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'Incel' killers: Man who gunned down three women in 2009 set tone for 'involuntary celibate' mass murderers," 6 May 2018 Flynn enthusiastically wielded his hoe, planting tree after tree alongside local people who had come to help. Allyn Stewart, Town & Country, "How Kuki Gallmann Became One of Kenya's Great Protectors," 24 Apr. 2017 There aren't violent threats to kill anyone for leaving her; no talk of hoes. refinery29.com, "New Music To Know This Week: Charli XCX, 070 Shake, Mitski, & More," 29 June 2018 Reason to visit: Fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, hoe cakes, Kung Pao Brussels sprouts. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Chicken, biscuits and beer: Dallas eatery serves tasty trifecta," 12 July 2018 The hoe-down vittles were prepared by Miguel Gomez, head chef and owner of Dearmore BBQ, a Santa Maria style barbecue. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: Club wrangles members into the Saddle & Sirloin Club for annual summer party," 9 July 2018 With Scorpion, music is a game for men and women are relegated to being hoes or moms. refinery29.com, "Album Review: Drake Is Upset On Scorpion. Women Should Be Upset About Scorpion.," 2 July 2018 Texas Nursery and Landscape donated a back hoe and operator. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Historian and UTSA archaeologists discover remains at forgotten African American burial site," 18 June 2018 Donations to the project can include seeds, fertilizer and tools such as hoes. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Impact Center creating vegetable garden to feed community," 19 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What’s different in 2018 is that most of the smaller Oscar contenders — and even some of the bigger ones — have found tough rows to hoe at the box office. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "It looks like the Oscars are going to nominate a bunch of big hits for Best Picture," 30 Nov. 2018 During the war years, dandelions were grown in neat rows allowing farmers to hoe between lines of the plants. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Dandelions Ruin Your Front Yard but Could Be the Future of the Rubber Industry," 2 Oct. 2018 Fortunately, these seedlings are easy to hoe away and once taken down to the soil don't regenerate. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s eating your currant bushes and ‘spitting’ on your wild roses," 13 July 2018 My first job at 14 was hoeing on a tree nursery, all day, five days a week. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dirt under your fingernails is a mental health remedy," 22 June 2018 In the former, the unpopularity of incumbent Daniel Malloy is creating a tough row to hoe for likely Democratic nominee Ned Lamont (famous for wresting away the party nomination from Sen. Joe Lieberman in 2006). Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Hope For Big Gubernatorial Gains This November," 16 June 2018 So yes, digging, raking, hoeing, weeding, and planting all fit into the functional exercise category. Kimberly Garrison, Philly.com, "How to get a great workout in the garden," 6 June 2018 With mulch in place, hoeing won’t work to remove weeds. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Save yourself some work in your garden and with your lawn this year | Idaho Statesman," 2 May 2018 This is the time to hoe or pull or smother weeds with a thick layer of mulch before they flower. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "April in the garden," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hoe

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for hoe

Noun and Verb

Middle English howe, from Anglo-French houe, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German houwa mattock, houwan to hew — more at hew

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hoe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a garden tool that has a flat blade on a long handle

hoe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hoe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work on (something, such as a garden or a crop) with a hoe

hoe

noun
\ ˈhō How to pronounce hoe (audio) \

Kids Definition of hoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tool with a long handle and a thin flat blade used for weeding and cultivating

hoe

verb
hoed; hoeing

Kids Definition of hoe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to weed or loosen the soil around plants with a hoe

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