• WordNet 3.6
    • v hoe dig with a hoe "He is hoeing the flower beds"
    • n hoe a tool with a flat blade attached at right angles to a long handle
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hoe octuple press Hoe octuple press

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hoe A tool chiefly for digging up weeds, and arranging the earth about plants in fields and gardens. It is made of a flat blade of iron or steel having an eye or tang by which it is attached to a wooden handle at an acute angle.
    • Hoe (Zoöl) The horned or piked dogfish. See Dogfish.
    • v. t Hoe To cut, dig, scrape, turn, arrange, or clean, with a hoe; as, to hoe the earth in a garden; also, to clear from weeds, or to loosen or arrange the earth about, with a hoe; as, to hoe corn.
    • v. i Hoe To use a hoe; to labor with a hoe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hoe An implement for digging, scraping, or loosening earth, cutting weeds, etc., made in various forms. The common hoe, also called draw-hoe and field-hoe, consists of a blade of iron set transversely at a convenient angle at the end of a long handle. In the Dutch hoe, push-hoe, or scuffiehoe the cutting blade is set like the blade of a spade.
    • hoe To cut, dig, scrape, or clean with a hoe.
    • hoe To clear from weeds or cultivate with a hoe: as, to hoe turnips or cabbages.
    • hoe To use a hoe.
    • n hoe The common dogfish, Squalus acanthias or Acanthias vulgaris; also, a name of several other kinds of sharks. See cut under dogfish.
    • n hoe A variant of how.
    • n hoe An obsolete form of ho.
    • hoe To play or dance a hoe-down.
    • n hoe See hoey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hoe an instrument for hewing or digging up weeds and loosening the earth
    • v.t Hoe to cut or clean with a hoe: to weed
    • v.i Hoe to use a hoe:—pr.p. hoe′ing; pa.p. hoed
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  • Edwin Markham
    “Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, the emptiness of ages in his face, and on his back the burden of the world.”


A long row to hoe - Something that is a long row to hoe is a difficult task that takes a long time.
Tough row to hoe - (USA) A tough row to hoe is a situation that is difficult to handle. ('A hard row to hoe' is an alternative form.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. hoe, F. houe,; of German origin, cf. OHG. houwa, howa, G. haue, fr. OHG. houwan, to hew. See Hew to cut


In literature:

Mebbe it ain't hot hoeing potatoes!
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
De overseer came to her, snatched de hoe from her and hit her.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
R. Hoe & Co., of New York, acquired Adams' business in 1858 and continued the manufacture of his presses.
"The Building of a Book" by Various
When baked upon a helveless hoe, it formed the Hoe Cake.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
The mode of culture is to plow between the rows and hoe the plants carefully.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
The hoe is of very great use, both to hoe up weeds and to form drills.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
I started hoeing and picking cotton in Virginia for master.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
After a little, the hoe can be used to advantage.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
The child was using it for a hoe, to dig a hole in the gravel.
"Rollo in Geneva" by Jacob Abbott
The mountaineer cultivates such a patch entirely with a hoe.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas

In poetry:

't Leven onzer groote mannen
Leert ons hoe men heerlijk strijdt,
Hoe men eens een voetspoor nalaat
In den zandzoom van den Tijd:
"Een Psalm Des Levens" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate
Winstanley rode to Plymouth town
All in the sleet and the snow,
And he looked around on shore and sound
As he stood on Plymouth Hoe.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
Then sighed the folk, “The Lord be praised!”
And they flocked to the shore amain;
All over the Hoe that livelong night,
Many stood out in the rain.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
Hoe gruwzaam worstlen Liefde en Plicht
Thands in zijn boezem met elkandren:
Natuur ('t kan zijn) behoudt heur recht,
Maar--kan de oprechte Min verandren?
"Edward En Emma" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate
Ole Mahster's blowed de mornin' horn,
He's blowed a powerful blas';
O Baptis' come, come hoe de corn,
You's mightily in de grass, grass,
You's mightily in de grass.
"Uncle Jim's Baptist Revival Hymn" by Sidney Lanier
Then his heart was rested, and his fears gave way,
And he bent to his hoe again. . . .
A clod rolled down, and his foot slipped back,
And he lurched with a cry of pain.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell

In news:

Why Nicki Minaj's 'Stupid Hoe ' Vid Backfired on Her Image.
This track hoe is clearing up some terrain at Bogus Basin.
Deiondra Sanders Slams Step-Mom Pilar — "You're a Gold Diggin Hoe ".
'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars' recap: Hoe-down showdown.
Auction Night at the Hoe-Down .
The Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down is inaugurating live auctions on Tuesday.
Hoe-down at Bethany UCC, 600 W Market St, Bethlehem on Saturday, Sept 29 beginning at 5PM.
The Big Red Barn is the venue for the Tea Party Hoe Down, Aug 22, 2-5 p.m.
If'n you've got a hard soil crust for your crop to break thru, this rain is the poor mans' rotary hoe.
Gardening in Texas is literally a tough row to hoe.
President Bush learns to hoe a row under the guidance of a worker in India.
With hoes in hands, the young seedlings will get their due care.
Deiondra Sanders Slams Step-Mom Pilar — "You're a Gold Diggin Hoe".
Floodwaters from the Souris River surround homes and a back hoe on 3rd St N.W.
A reader from The Harrodsburg Herald recently called me and during the conversation, she told me that she imagined me as a little old lady out working in my flowers with my hoe.

In science:

De afgelopen jaren heb ik onderzocht hoe pulsars radiostraling maken, hoe ze veranderen als ze ouder worden en hoe je zoveel mogelijk nieuwe pulsars kunt ontdekken met verschillende radiotelescopen.
Radio Pulsars
Ik vertel ook hoe de andere ster ren eindigen: sommige worden ‘witte dwergster ren’, de resterende worden ‘zwarte gaten’.
Radio Pulsars
Alleen uit het beetje licht dat ze onze kant op stralen, kunnen we leren hoe ster ren werken.
Radio Pulsars
Ik beschr ijf eerst kort hoe ster ren hun licht maken en daarna wat er gebeurt als ze ermee ophouden: sommige ster ren, de lichte, ontploffen niet maar worden ‘witte dwergen’.
Radio Pulsars
Hoe ze wel aan hun einde komen beschr ijf ik ter vergelijking hieronder, aan de hand van de zon.
Radio Pulsars