One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Representing deep, exuberant laughter.
- ‘As for the remainder of comments on that thread - ho ho.’
- ‘… he's never considered walking away from the job… ho ho!’
- ‘Oh ho ho, look at Darkel from West Hills High School pretending to be a chimp!’
- ‘Edison laughed, ho ho, that's a big joke, American sense of humor and all of that.’
- ‘Why, that would be comparing apples and oranges, ho ho, said Mr. Tisch.’
- ‘Of course, you have to get them there before they melt, oh ho ho!’
- ‘The only way for me to kick - ho ho, I won't be giving up puns anytime soon - the habit would be for the club I support to disband.’
- ‘At one point in time - ho ho - we thought it wouldn't be possible, not ever, not in a million years.’
- ‘This almost never happens in journalism or, ho ho, poetry.’
- ‘The World Cup skiing that the BBC had been planning to bring us was cancelled - for, ho ho, lack of snow in Italy.’
- ‘Keep reminding yourself that all things pass and maybe check out a Laughter Club, where people elevate their endorphins by going yo ho ho and looking at the funny side of life.’
- 1.1 Used to express triumph, especially at a discovery.‘Ho ho! A stranger in our midst!’
Mid 16th century: reduplication of ho.
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