Ho vs Hoe - What's the difference?

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Ho is an alternative form of hoe.


As nouns the difference between ho and hoe

is that ho is a stop; a halt; a moderation of pace or ho can be (slang|pejorative) a whore; a sexually loose woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a woman with connotations of loose sexuality while hoe is an agricultural tool consisting of a long handle with a flat blade fixed perpendicular to it at the end, used for digging rows or hoe can be (us|slang) (ho) a prostitute or hoe can be a piece of land that juts out towards the sea; a promontory.

As a interjection ho

is (nautical) used to attract attention to something sighted, usually by lookouts.

As a verb hoe is

(ambitransitive) to cut, dig, scrape, turn, arrange, or clean, with this tool or hoe can be (us|slang) (ho) to act as a prostitute.

ho

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) ho, .

Interjection

(en interjection)
  • (nautical) Used to attract attention to something sighted, usually by lookouts.
  • Sail ho !
  • :: Another boat is visible!
  • Land ho !
  • :: Land is visible!
  • Man ho !
  • :: A town is visible!
  • halloo; hey; a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach
  • * Shakespeare
  • What noise there, ho ?
  • * Shakespeare
  • Ho ! who's within?
  • * Bishop Joseph Hall
  • Ho ! all ye females that would live unshent, / Fly from the reach of Cyned's regiment.

    Noun

  • A stop; a halt; a moderation of pace.
  • * Decker
  • There is no ho with them.
    References
    * 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology , Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988

    Etymology 2

    An eye dialect corruption of whore , from non-rhotic pronunciations considered typical of African American Vernacular English. Compare .

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • (slang, pejorative) A whore; a sexually loose woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a woman with connotations of loose sexuality.
  • Bros before hos !
    Synonyms
    * See also

    Anagrams

    * English two-letter words ----

    hoe

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) howe, from (etyl) houe, from (etyl) . More at (l).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An agricultural tool consisting of a long handle with a flat blade fixed perpendicular to it at the end, used for digging rows.
  • * 2009 , TRU TV, 28 March:
  • It was obvious that it consisted of several blows to the head from the hoe .
  • The horned or piked dogfish.
  • Derived terms
    * backhoe

    Verb

    (d)
  • (ambitransitive) To cut, dig, scrape, turn, arrange, or clean, with this tool.
  • to hoe the earth in a garden
    Every year, I hoe my garden for aeration.
    I always take a shower after I hoe in my garden.
  • To clear from weeds, or to loosen or arrange the earth about, with a hoe.
  • to hoe corn
    Derived terms
    * long row to hoe

    See also

    * mattock * pick * rake

    Etymology 2

    From non-rhotic whore.

    Alternative forms

    * ho

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (US, slang) A prostitute.
  • * 2002 , Eithne Quinn, Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap
  • […] this chapter […] will […] explore why pimp (and hoe ) characters, with their dramatic staging of gendered and occupational relations […] have taken such hold of the black youth imagination
  • * 2003 , Dan Harrington, The Good Eye
  • At school they had been among the only couples that had not done “it” at the Pimp & Hoe parties that popped up occasionally at the dorm
    Synonyms
    * See also

    Verb

    (d)
  • (US, slang) To act as a prostitute.
  • * 2003 , Da’rel the Relentless One, M. T. Pimp
  • Pimpin’ came so naturally to MT when he and his sisters played pimp and hoe games that one of his sisters wanted to hoe for him when they grew up.

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) (m).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A piece of land that juts out towards the sea; a promontory.
  • Usage notes

    * Now used only in placenames e.g. "Plymouth Hoe". ----