Definition of hobo in English:
noun (plural hoboes or hobos)North American
A homeless person; a tramp or vagrant.
- 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.
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