Hosen vs Hose - What's the difference?

hosen | hose |

As nouns the difference between hosen and hose

is that hosen is (poetic|historical|archaic) while hose is (countable) a flexible tube conveying water or other fluid.

As a verb hose is

to water or spray with a hose.




  • (poetic, historical, archaic)
  • * Bible, Daniel iii. 21
  • These men were bound in their coats, their hosen , and their hats, and their other garments.
  • *1877 , Golden Hours:
  • And I hoped that in youth the good path may be chosen By each little man who may chance wear these hosen .
  • *1979 , George G. Coulton, Five centuries of religion: The last days of medieval monachism :
  • It has crept up the leg and become hose, and it is made no longer of leather but of cloth. Gradually these hosen became longer and longer, until they joined at the top into one garment, which betrayed its dual origin by keeping the plural [...]
  • *2009 , Jeffrey L. Forgeng, Daily Life in Elizabethan England :
  • Francis the Schoolboy Margaret, give me my hosen ; dispatch I pray you.
  • *2014 , Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales and Other Poems :
  • [...] and the shape of the horrible swollen members, that seem like to the malady of hernia, in the wrapping of their hosen , and eke the buttocks of them, [...]
  • Coverings for the legs; trousers; pants.
  • *1857 , The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art:
  • At the court of the Kaiser I born was and bred ; and there my hosen and jerkin were made ; […]
  • *1862 , Gustav Freytag, Pictures of German Life in the XVth,XVIth, and XVIIth Centuries :
  • Then I searched the pocket of my hosen and found a little knife, such as could be closed, which they had not chosen to take, [...]
  • *1990 , Ellen J. Gehret, Rural Pennsylvania Clothing :
  • They differed in the length of the leg but were generally similar in the cut at the top. ... By 1770, they bought new hosen .
  • *2004 , Margaret Frazer, The Hunter's Tale :
  • And the doublet is long enough it hid most of the blood-spattered part of my hosen and they were dark enough the blood didn't much show after I'd rubbed some dirt over them.
  • *2005 , Adam McCune, Keith McCune, The Rats of Hamelin :
  • The invisible cord ... I followed him down a narrow path with a rippling lake of grain on each side, wheat stalks brushing my hosen .
  • *2009 , The Old Testament Made Easier:
  • Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen [pants, trousers], and their hats, and their other garments, […]
  • *2014 , Karen Chance, Masks :
  • These hosen have saggy butt.” “Don't touch yourself,” Paulo hissed, slapping Jerome's hand away. “I wasn't touching myself, I was trying to pull up these damned—” “Don't touch your clothing, either! Don't touch anything!”


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    (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