Definition of hobo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊbəʊ/

noun (plural hoboes or hobos)

North American
A homeless person; a tramp or vagrant.
Example sentences
  • Cohen includes a category of songs about hoboes, tramps, vagabonds, etc. who populated the boxcars and rail-yards in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.
  • Nonetheless, hobos, like tramps, acquired a reputation for their carefree way of life, their predilection for booze, and a canon of whimsical folk songs and stories.
  • Migration was not limited to the poor, of course, although existing studies of tramps and hoboes present intriguing questions.


Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with hobo

lobo, oboe
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