Hobo meaning

hōbō
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One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.
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A migrant worker.
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To live or wander like a vagrant.
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A migratory worker.
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(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.

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To travel in the manner of a hobo.
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A large, crescent-shaped woman's handbag with a single shoulder strap and usually a zippered top.
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A vagrant; tramp.
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A homeless, usually penniless person, in some way associated with a life along the rails.
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(pejorative) A tramp, vagabond; hence bum.
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Origin of hobo

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Unknown. Possibly a contraction of ho, boy or the dialectal English term hawbuck (“lout, clumsy fellow, country bumpkin”).

    From Wiktionary