AskDefine | Define ho

Dictionary Definition

Ho n : a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs together with yttrium; forms highly magnetic compounds [syn: holmium, atomic number 67]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac RP /həʊ/
  • italbrac US /hoʊ/
    Rhymes with: -əʊ


Etymology 1

From either hó or ho


  1. Used to attract attention to something sighted, usually by lookouts.
    Sail ho!
nautical: attention grabber
  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988

Etymology 2

An eye dialect corruption of whore, from non-rhotic pronunciations considered typical of African American Vernacular English. Compare mo' (more) and fo' (for).


  1. slang pejorative A whore; a sexually loose woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a female with connotations of loose sexuality.



  1. replaces the demonstrative pronouns açò, això and allò
  2. replaces an independant clause (one which could grammatically form a sentence on its own)
  3. replaces an adjective or an indefinite noun which serves as the predicate of ésser, esdevenir, estar or semblar

Usage notes

  • Ho cannot be used with either en or hi.


  1. they



  1. oh






  1. Trough; a long container for feeding or watering animals.
  2. Sink; often mounted to a wall; especially a kitchen sink or a washing sink.

Derived terms


  1. who
  2. she

See also

Extensive Definition

Ho, HO, or variations, may refer to: As a surname:
  • Ho (surname), one romanization of several Chinese surnames
  • Ho Chi Minh, communist revolutionary of Vietnam
    • Ho Chi Minh City, largest city in Vietnam (previously called Saigon)
    • Ho Chi Minh trail, logistical system that ran from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) to the Republic of Vietnam through the neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia.
  • Godfrey Ho, ninja filmmaker
As an abbreviation, symbol, or acronym:

See also

ho in German: HO
ho in Esperanto: Ho
ho in French: HO
ho in Korean: HO
ho in Italian: HO
ho in Dutch: Ho
ho in Japanese: HO
ho in Norwegian: HO
ho in Portuguese: HO
ho in Kölsch: HO (Watt ėßß datt?)
ho in Finnish: Ho
ho in Swedish: Ho
ho in Vietnamese: Ho (định hướng)
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