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hoe

noun \ ˈhō \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of hoe

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

Recent Examples of hoe from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hoe

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

verb

Definition of hoe

hoed; hoeing
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 1hoe) or backhoe
  • hoeing in the garden all day
transitive verb
1 : to weed, cultivate, or thin (a crop) with a hoe (see 1hoe)
  • hoeing carrots and turnips
2 : to remove (weeds) by hoeing
3 : to dress or cultivate (land) by hoeing
  • The garden needs to be hoed.

hoer

play \ˈhō(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of hoe in a Sentence

  1. The garden has to be hoed.

  2. She was hoeing in the garden all day.

Recent Examples of hoe from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hoe

see 1hoe

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Hoe

biographical name \ ˈhō \

Definition of Hoe

Richard March 1812–1886 son of Robert Hoe American inventor

Hoe

biographical name

Definition of Hoe

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


HOE Defined for English Language Learners

hoe

noun

Definition of hoe for English Language Learners

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


hoe

verb

Definition of hoe for English Language Learners

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


HOE Defined for Kids

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hoe

noun \ ˈhō \

Definition of hoe for Students

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

2

hoe

verb

Definition of hoe for Students

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


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