Main definitions of hoe in English

: hoe1hoe2



  • A long-handled gardening tool with a thin metal blade, used mainly for weeding.

    • ‘The garden hoe is used for chopping weeds so they don't grow back and for spreading soil in the garden.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A hoe is another fine tool no garden - or gardener - should be without.’
    • ‘They use no machinery, only human labor and simple tools such as axes, knives, hoes, scythes and sickles.’
    • ‘We used long-handled hoes with heavy heads that we kept razor sharp, but it was still slow work.’
    • ‘Some tools like rakes, shovels and hoes can be easily hung up in the shed on nails.’
    • ‘Use a hoe with a small, sharp blade to slice them off just under the soil surface.’
    • ‘If weeding a large flower bed, you can use a hoe, but take care not to damage the roots of the plants around them.’
    • ‘Many gardeners find that the most efficient tool for this task is some type of scuffle hoe, which cuts weeds at or just below the soil surface.’
    • ‘These women cultivated with simple tools, a hoe, trowel, or shovel in one hand and seeds or fertilizer in the other hand.’
    • ‘But many hoes and other small tools are of very poor quality and break after a few weeks.’
    • ‘A quick scratch with a hoe will easily eliminate any weeds and keep the soil loose and fluffy.’
    • ‘I weeded with a hoe and shook bugs off plants with my hands from sunrise to sunset.’
    • ‘If the soil is hard the chaka hoe is recommended as ordinary weeding hoes would break and are not suited to digging.’
    • ‘The best hoes for weeding have sharply angled blades which slide along or just under the soil surface.’
    • ‘Sure there are some people who enjoy getting a little dirty while they plant their flowers, but even those types of people have the most basic of gardening tools, like a rake or a hoe.’
    • ‘The circular shape of the hoe allows you to pull it through the soil toward you, leaving sliced weeds in its wake.’
    • ‘Winter weeds are wimps, so you can weed with a hoe instead of a spade.’
    • ‘Things you need are a soaker hose, a hoe, fertilizer, seeds, and gardening gloves.’


  • 1[with object] Use a hoe to dig (earth) or thin out or dig up (plants).

    • ‘In the study's first year, wheat plants were hoed out in February to the appropriate winterkill levels.’
    • ‘After Charlie finished hoeing the row of lettuce, she came and sat down on the ground beside him.’
    • ‘When the plants are 8 inches tall, they are half-buried by hoeing soil up and over them from each side of the row.’
    • ‘He didn't fertilize the ground, but hoed it a lot instead, which he felt made up for the lack of nutrients.’
    • ‘They then hoe the ground in patches at a prescribed spacing and broad-cast the seed collected from other forests to ensure natural regeneration to a desired extent.’
    • ‘Soil should be moist whenever you are hoeing or pulling weeds.’
    • ‘‘If you have ever raked, hoed, or weeded a garden bed, you already know that gardening is a good workout,’ Restuccio says.’
    • ‘Some farmers have improved the weed control by adding a second set of hoe wheels behind the first set so that the crop is actually hoed twice with each pass, or by going over the field twice.’
    • ‘If it's sunny, try to hoe weeds in borders and between plants, making sure that their roots are exposed.’
    • ‘We were able to rotary hoe the corn on time and that has helped with the first flush of weeds.’
    • ‘I start by hoeing a trench eight inches or so deep.’
    • ‘There was a man talking to their father in the yard while their father hoed the little strawberry patch.’
    • ‘Beds can be lightly hoed and covered with a mulch of spent mushroom compost, chipped bark or cocoa shells.’
    • ‘Jonas hoed the garden for Nana, which should have been seeded three weeks ago.’
    • ‘The idea is that after harvesting you will not need to plough or hoe the land for the new planting season.’
    • ‘They hoe, plant, and weed, and harvest the crops.’
    • ‘To supplement the farm income, Dad would go out and hoe beets for neighboring beet producers.’
    • ‘Otherwise, I had a general potter - hoed the soft fruit bed, swept up the paths, tidied the shed.’
    • ‘Every field had to be hoed for weeds three times, carefully hilling soil around each young stalk.’
    • ‘They got too tall to clear out with the cultivator, so Fred and I and the two other farm hands had to hoe a six-acre field by hand.’
    till, plough, dig, turn, hoe
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  • 2Australian NZ informal [no object] Eat eagerly.

    • ‘However, given that it was Mother's Day, I couldn't really start hoeing into her meal, now could I?’
    • ‘To them, it tastes as good as medium rare steak and they hoe into it with just as much glee.’
    • ‘She was hoeing into her plate of chips and Bob had his head behind the orientation magazine.’
    • ‘Disregarding etiquette, I hoe in with my fingers to ensure that none of the precious flesh is wasted.’
    • ‘Here's a story to think about as you hoe into lunch this afternoon.’
    1. 2.1Attack or criticize.
      • ‘They wanted to hoe into him and he had to be put in a police car for his own protection’
      • ‘They're all at hoeing into Natasha, or Meg, depending on personal allegiances.’


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




Main definitions of hoe in English

: hoe1hoe2



  • variant spelling of ho