- Historical a tightfitting outer garment worn by men, covering the hips, legs, and feet, or extending only to the knees or ankles, and attached to the doublet by cords or ribbons (called points)
- stockings or pantyhose
Origin of hoseprob. infl. by Du hoos, water pipe, of same origin
- a flexible tube used to convey fluids, esp. water from a hydrant or faucet
- such a tube equipped with a nozzle and attachments
Origin of hoseMiddle English from Old English hosa, leg covering, akin to German hose from Indo-European an unverified form (s)keus- from base an unverified form (s)keu-, to conceal, hide from source sky
transitive verbhosed, hos′ing
- to put water on with a hose; sprinkle or drench with a hose: often with down
- Slang to beat as with a hose
- Slang to cheat; deceive; trick
- pl. hose Stockings; socks. Used only in the plural.
- pl. hose a. Close-fitting breeches or leggings reaching up to the hips and fastened to a doublet, formerly worn by men. Used only in the plural.b. Breeches reaching down to the knees. Used only in the plural.
- pl. hos·es A flexible tube for conveying liquids or gases under pressure.
transitive verbhosed, hos·ing, hos·es
- To water, drench, or wash with a hose: hosed down the deck; hosed off the dog.
- Slang a. To attack and kill (someone), typically by use of a firearm:b. To exploit, cheat, or defraud.
Origin of hoseMiddle English a stocking from Old English hosa leg covering ; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural hoses)
(third-person singular simple present hoses, present participle hosing, simple past and past participle hosed)
From Middle English hose (“leggings, hose”), from Old English hose, hosa (“hose, leggings”), from Proto-Germanic *husǭ (“coverings, leggings, trousers”) (compare West Frisian hoas 'hose', Dutch hoos 'stocking, water-hose', German Hose 'trousers'), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-s (compare Tocharian A kać 'skin', Russian кишка (kiška) 'gut', Ancient Greek κύστις (kústis) 'bladder', Sanskrit कोष्ठ (koṣṭha, “intestine”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu- (“to cover”). More at sky.