Main definitions of ho in English

: ho1ho2

ho1

(also hoe)

noun

informal
  • 1A prostitute.

    1. 1.1offensive A woman.

Origin

1960s: representing a dialect pronunciation of whore.

Pronunciation:

ho

/həʊ/

Main definitions of ho in English

: ho1ho2

ho2

exclamation

  • 1An expression of surprise, admiration, triumph, or derision.

    ‘Ho! I'll show you’
    1. 1.1[in combination]Used as the second element of various exclamations.
      ‘what ho!’
      ‘heave ho’
      • ‘Blow ye winds, heigh ho, Clear away your running gear, And blow, blow, blow!’
  • 2Used to call for attention.

    ‘ho there!’
    • ‘Ho there, Uranus. Please tell us how you know that you are a planet.’
    1. 2.1Nautical
      [in combination]Used to draw attention to something seen.
      ‘land ho!’

Origin

Natural exclamation: first recorded in Middle English.

Pronunciation:

ho

/həʊ/

Main definitions of ho in English

: ho1ho2

Ho

  • The chemical element holmium.