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Definition ho

Etymology 1

From Middle English ho, hoo (interjection), probably from Old Norse hó! (interjection, also, a shepherd's call). Compare German ho, Old French ho ! (“hold!, halt!”).



  1. (nautical) Used to attract attention to something sighted, usually by lookouts.
Land ho!
Man ho!
  • halloo; hey; a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach
  • Noun


    1. A stop; a halt; a moderation of pace.

    Etymology 2

    Pronunciation spelling of whore in a non-rhotic accent with the dough-door merger, which is found in some varieties of African American Vernacular English. Compare mo (“more”), fo' (“for; four”).


    ho (plural hos or hoes)

    1. (slang, derogatory) A whore; a sexually promiscuous woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a woman with connotations of loose sexuality.

    Etymology 3

    From Middle English howe, houwe, hoȝe, from Old English hogu and hoga, from Proto-Germanic *hugô, *hugiz, *huguz (“mind, thought, understanding”), akin to Old High German hugu, hugi (Middle High German hüge), Old Saxon hugi (Middle Dutch höghe, Dutch heug ), Old Norse hugr, Gothic ???? (hugs).


    ho (plural hos)

    1. (obsolete) Care, anxiety, trouble, sorrow.

    Etymology 4

    From Middle English howen, hoȝen, hogien, from Old English hogian, hugian, from Proto-Germanic *hugjaną. Cognate with Middle Scots huik, Old High German hucken, Old Saxon huggjan, Dutch heugen, Old Norse hyggja, Gothic ?????? (hugjan).



    1. (obsolete) To care, be anxious, long.

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