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Ho 1


Ho 2


ho 1

 (hō)

interj.

Used to express surprise or joy, to attract attention to something sighted, or to urge onward: Land ho! Westward ho!


ho 2

 (hō)

n. pl. hos Slang

A prostitute.


[African American Vernacular English, alteration of whore.]

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ho

(həʊ)

interj

1. Also: ho-ho an imitation or representation of the sound of a deep laugh

2. an exclamation used to attract attention, announce a destination, etc: what ho!; land ho!; westward ho!.

[C13: of imitative origin; compare Old Norse hó, Old French ho! halt!]


ho

(həʊ)

n

Black slang US a derogatory term for a woman

[C20: from Black or Southern US pronunciation of whore]


Ho

the chemical symbol for

(Elements & Compounds) holmium


HO

or

H.O.

abbreviation for

1. head office

2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government Brit Home Office

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ho1

(hoʊ)

interj.

1. (used as a call to attract attention: Westward ho! Land ho!

2. (used as an exclamation of surprise or delight.)

[1250–1300]

ho3

(hoʊ)
n., pl. hos.

Slang. a prostitute.

[1970–75; reflecting r-less speaker’s pronoun of whore]

HO

(hoʊ)

n., pl. HOs, HO’s.

(in police use) habitual offender.

Ho

Chem. Symbol.

holmium.

H.O.

Head Office; Home Office.

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Ho

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