There are 2 definitions of hoe in English:

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Pronunciation: /həʊ
 
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noun

  • A long-handled gardening tool with a thin metal blade, used mainly for weeding.
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    • In a sandy field of half-grown cassava plants, a group of 30 farmers were fighting a plague of locusts with long-handled weeding hoes and improvised brushes.
    • Traditional garden hoes with updated design refinements make weeding easier while minimally disturbing the soil.
    • Winter weeds are wimps, so you can weed with a hoe instead of a spade.

verb (hoes, hoeing, hoed)

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  • 1 [with object] Use a hoe to dig (earth) or thin out or dig up (plants).
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    • In the study's first year, wheat plants were hoed out in February to the appropriate winterkill levels.
    • I start by hoeing a trench eight inches or so deep.
    • The idea is that after harvesting you will not need to plough or hoe the land for the new planting season.
  • 2 [no object] (hoe in) Australian /NZ informal Eat eagerly.
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    • However, given that it was Mother's Day, I couldn't really start hoeing into her meal, now could I?
    • Here's a story to think about as you hoe into lunch this afternoon.
    • To them, it tastes as good as medium rare steak and they hoe into it with just as much glee.
  • 2.1 (hoe into) Attack or criticize.
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    • They're all at hoeing into Natasha, or Meg, depending on personal allegiances.
    • They wanted to hoe into him and he had to be put in a police car for his own protection

Derivatives

hoer

noun
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  • If you are not a hoer, you are not a gardener, and it will be a disaster.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French houe, of Germanic origin; related to German Haue, also to hew.

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There are 2 definitions of hoe in English:

hoe2

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noun

  • variant spelling of ho1.

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