Hobo Definition

hōbō
hoboes, hobos
noun
hoboes, hobos
One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.
American Heritage
A migratory worker.
Webster's New World
A vagrant; tramp.
Webster's New World
A large, crescent-shaped woman's handbag with a single shoulder strap and usually a zippered top.
American Heritage

A homeless, usually penniless person, in some way associated with a life along the rails.

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verb
To live or wander like a vagrant.
American Heritage
To travel in the manner of a hobo.
Webster's New World
(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.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Hobo

Noun

Singular:
hobo
Plural:
hoboes, hobos

Origin of Hobo

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

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

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