nounpl. -·bos or -·boes
- a migratory worker: so used by such workers themselves
- a vagrant; tramp
Origin of hobofrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
nounpl. ho·boes, or ho·bos
- One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.
- A migrant worker.
- also hobo bag A large, crescent-shaped handbag with a single shoulder strap and usually a zippered top.
intransitive verbho·boed, ho·bo·ing, ho·boes
Origin of hoboOrigin unknown
(plural hobos or hoboes)
- Often used attributively, as if an adjective. For example, "hobo stew", "he was leading a hobo life."
(third-person singular simple present hobos, present participle hoboing, simple past and past participle hoboed)
- (intransitive) To be a hobo, tramp, bum etc.
- Joe idly hoboed through half the country till he realized hoboing never gets you anywhere in life.