hobo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hobo a disreputable vagrant "a homeless tramp","he tried to help the really down-and-out bums"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hobo A professional tramp; one who spends his life traveling from place to place, esp. by stealing rides on trains, and begging for a living.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hobo A tramp.
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of uncertain origin

Usage

In literature:

He say dat three hobos got it.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
You're the first hobo I ever saw who could do a day's work without cryin'.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Some of the men looked like hobos, and all wore on their faces the stamp of blighted lives.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
Wow, ain't I sorry for poor Nat if he's got to associate with this hobo crowd for long!
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
One of those damned hoboes on the Ditch.
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
Is it reasonable, young hobo, as man to man, that you can jolly me along?
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Some time ago Calamont suffered greatly by the descent of the hoboes upon it.
"A Woman at Bay" by Nicholas Carter
Even the sparrows, true hoboes of the air, disdain to seek shelter in their twisted arms.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
Oh yes, I will go wandering some more, but not like a hobo.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Suppose you left your sister alone, and came back to find a half-drunk hobo trying to murder her?
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
***

In poetry:

Dit is heerlijk einden, dit is nedergaan
Zonder ijd'le klacht en zonder spijt
Op de donkre hobo's van den nachtorkaan
Tot den diepsten burcht der eeuwigheid.
"Stromliederen" by Margot Vos
I will grieve alone,
As I strolled alone, years ago, down along
The Ohio shore.
I hid in the hobo jungle weeds
Upstream from the sewer main,
Pondering, gazing.
"In Response To A Rumor That The Oldest Whorehouse In Wheeling, West Virginia, Has Been Condemned" by James Wright

In news:

Now the two are back home at Hobo 's Canal View Cafe.
Jackie points out there are some dishes on the menu that are unique to Hobo 's.
KATHY JONES Jackie Schebal dishes up a hearty breakfast in Hobo 's Canal View Café's kitchen.
Film-O-Rama 2011, Day 1: ' Hobo With a Shotgun' and 'Rubber' top lineup.
In the words of the tagline, a hobo vigilante (Rutger Hauer) delivers justice "one shell at a time".
Hobo with a Shotgun.
HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN - 01:32.
HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (GERMAN TRAILER 1) - 01:19.
Hobo With a Shotgun lives up to its lurid, cheap-ass title.
Hobo With a Shotgun Directed by Jason Eisener Magnet Opens May 6.
Buddy Joe Hooker, Hobo with a Shotgun and other notes from ActionFest.
PITMAN — A record 304 students are currently attending a nine-week summer youth band program which has been sponsored by the Original Hobo Band since 1995.
Popular HOBO U12 loggers can now measure and record kilowatts, DC current, and more.
We all knew that there was a group of hobos living under the Magnolia Street bridge that spanned the Los Angeles River.
" or "Momma, am I going to be a hobo .
***