Hose vs Hair - What's the difference?

hose | hair |

As a noun hose

is trousers.

As a verb hair is

to hate.



(wikipedia hose)


  • (countable) A flexible tube conveying water or other fluid.
  • (uncountable) A stocking-like garment worn on the legs; pantyhose, women's tights.
  • (obsolete) Close-fitting trousers or breeches, reaching to the knee.
  • * Bible, Daniel iii. 21
  • These men were bound in their coats, their hosen , and their hats, and their other garments.
  • * Shakespeare
  • His youthful hose , well saved, a world too wide / For his shrunk shank.

    Usage notes

    * (garment covering legs ) Formerly a male garment covering the lower body, with the upper body covered by a doublet. By the 16th century hose had separated into two garments, stocken and breeches. Since the 1920's, hose refers mostly to women's stockings or pantyhose

    Derived terms

    * hose clamp * hose clip


  • To water or spray with a hose.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1995 , author=Vivian Russell , title=Monet's Garden: Through the Seasons at Giverny citation , isbn=9780711209886 , page=83 , passage=Only days before the garden opens, the concrete is hosed down with a high-pressure jet and scrubbed.}}
  • To provide with hose (garment)
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , year=1834 , author=Pierce Pungent , title=Men and Manners , date=July to December , volume=X , page=416 , magazine=Fraser's magazine for town and country citation , passage=The mighty mass of many a mingled race,
    Who dwell in towns where he pursued the chase;
    The men degenerate shirted, cloaked, and hosed -
    Nose and eyes only to the day exposed}}
  • To attack and kill somebody, usually using a firearm.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=2003 , author=John R. Bruning , title=Jungle ace , publisher=Brassey's citation , isbn=9781574886948 , page=136 , passage=His guns hosed down the vessel's decks, sweeping them clear of sailors, blowing holes in the bulkheads, and smashing gun positions.}}
  • To trick or deceive.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1995 , author=Keath Fraser , title=Popular anatomy , publisher=The Porcupine's Quill citation , isbn=9780889841499 , page=458 , passage=Bartlett elaborated on what had happened at the warehouse, saying he thought Chandar was supposed to have advised, not hosed him.}}
  • (computing) To break a computer so everything needs to be reinstalled; to wipe all files.
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , year=2006 , date=Spring 2006 , author=Joel Durham Jr. , title=Pimp Out Win XP with TweakUI , page=63 , magazine=Maximum PC , publisher=Future US, Inc. , issn=1522-4279 citation , passage=There aren't any tricky hexadecimal calculations to snare your brain, nor is there a need to worry about hosing the registry for all eternity.}}

    Derived terms

    * hose down * home and hosed


    * hoes * shoe English transitive verbs



    (wikipedia hair)


    (but usually in singular)
  • (label) A pigmented filament of keratin which grows from a follicle on the skin of humans and other mammals.
  • *(rfdate) (Geoffrey Chaucer) (c.1343-1400):
  • *:Then read he me how Sampson lost his hairs .
  • *(rfdate) (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599):
  • *:And draweth new delights with hoary hairs .
  • (label) The collection or mass of such growths growing from the skin of humans and animals, and forming a covering for a part of the head or for any part or the whole body.
  • :
  • *1900 , , Chapter I:
  • *:Her abundant hair , of a dark and glossy brown, was neatly plaited and coiled above an ivory column that rose straight from a pair of gently sloping shoulders, clearly outlined beneath the light muslin frock that covered them.
  • A slender outgrowth from the chitinous cuticle of insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Such hairs are totally unlike those of vertebrates in structure, composition, and mode of growth.
  • A cellular outgrowth of the epidermis, consisting of one or of several cells, whether pointed, hooked, knobbed, or stellated.
  • :
  • (label) Haircloth; a hair shirt.
  • * (Geoffrey Chaucer), "The Second Nun's Tale", (The Canterbury Tales) :
  • *:She, ful devout and humble in hir corage, / Under hir robe of gold, that sat ful faire, / Hadde next hir flessh yclad hir in an haire .
  • *:
  • *:Thenne vpon the morne whanne the good man had songe his masse / thenne they buryed the dede man / Thenne syr launcelot sayd / fader what shalle I do / Now sayd the good man / I requyre yow take this hayre that was this holy mans and putte it nexte thy skynne / and it shalle preuaylle the gretely
  • (label) Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.
  • :
  • Usage notes

    The word hair is usually used without article in singular number when it refers to all the hairs on one's head in general. But if it refers to more than one hair, a few hairs, then it takes the plural form without an article, and needs a plural verb. : George has (-') brown hair, but I found '''a''' hair on the sofa and suspect he's getting some gray hair' s . : George's hair is'' brown, but ''one'' hair I found ''was'' grey, so I think there ''are'' probably more grey ''hairs on his head as well. Adjectives often applied to "hair": long, short, curly, straight, dark, blonde, black, brown, red, blue, green, purple, coarse, fine, healthy, damaged, beautiful, perfect, natural, dyed.

    Derived terms

    * against the hair * bad hair day * bed hair * curl someone's hair * facial hair * fair-haired * get in somebody's hair * hair bracket * hairbreadth, hairsbreadth * hair brush, hairbrush * haircare, hair care * hair cells * hair-curling * haircut * hairdo * hairdresser * hair dryer * hair dye * hair gel * hair glove * hair lace * hairless * hair line, hairline * hair moss * hair moth * hairnet * hair of the dog * hair pencil * hairpiece * hairpin * hair plate * hair powder * hair-raising * hair seal * hair seating * hair shirt * hair sieve * hair snake * hair space * hairspray, hair spray * hair stroke * hairstyle * hair-trigger * hairy * head of hair * hide nor hair, neither hide nor hair * horsehair * keep your hair on * let one's hair down * make somebody's hair curl * make somebody's hair stand on end * not turn a hair * not worth a hair * part one's hair * pubic hair * put hair on somebody's chest * split hairs * tear one's hair out * to a hair