One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A homeless person; a tramp or vagrant.
tramp, drifter, down-and-out, derelict, beggar, itinerant, wanderer, nomad, wayfarer, traveller, gypsy, rover, vagabond, transient, migrant, homeless person, beachcomber, person of no fixed abode, person of no fixed address, knight of the road, bird of passage, rolling stoneView synonyms
- ‘In the hard times of the 1930s, unemployed men and transient hobos often took temporary refuge on the island, erecting small shantytowns of tents.’
- ‘So he dressed down, stopped shaving and tried to pass himself off as just another anonymous hobo.’
- ‘I turned to see an unshaven, uncleaned, homeless hobo.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When we talked to that deranged hobo in the park who looked kind of like Dr. Phil, you said you'd do anything to save our friendship.’
- ‘Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Eleanor cared for a succession of hoboes, vagabonds, and bums who called at the back door of the large house the family owned on Hamond Street in Chicago.’
- ‘Migration was not limited to the poor, of course, although existing studies of tramps and hoboes present intriguing questions.’
- ‘Lauren laughed, ‘He was probably some hobo on the streets before.’’
- ‘C'mon, he's a movie star, not some random hobo on the street!’
- ‘He knew it was probably just some hobo, but it was still unnerving.’
- ‘A few hobos and bag ladies wearing multiple layers of dirty, mismatched clothing leaned against the wall adjacent to the bench.’
- ‘Instead the poor guys ‘looked like hoboes and lived like pigs.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘During my Mother's growing up days an old hobo lived in a dugout in the vicinity of her little town.’
- ‘I have a feeling I looked like a homeless hobo that sleeps under anything she can find.’
Late 19th century: of unknown origin.
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