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Ho \Ho\, pron. Who. [Obs.]

Note: In some Chaucer MSS.


Ho \Ho\, Hoa \Hoa\, n. [See Ho, interj., 2.] A stop; a halt; a moderation of pace.

There is no ho with them.


Ho \Ho\, Hoa \Hoa\ (h[=o]), interj. [Cf. F. & G. ho.]

  1. Halloo! attend! -- a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach. ``What noise there, ho?''
    --Shak. ``Ho! who's within?''

  2. [Perhaps corrupted fr. hold; but cf. F. hau stop! and E. whoa.] Stop! stand still! hold! -- a word now used by teamsters, but formerly to order the cessation of anything. [Written also whoa, and, formerly, hoo.]

    The duke . . . pulled out his sword and cried ``Hoo!''

    An herald on a scaffold made an hoo.


Ho \Ho\, prop. n. (Chem.) The chemical symbol for Holmium.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

exclamation of surprise, etc., c.1300; as an exclamation calling attention or demanding silence, late 14c. Used after the name of a place to which attention is called (as in Westward-Ho) it dates from 1590s, originally a cry of boatmen, etc., announcing departures for a particular destination. Ho-ho-ho expressing laughter is recorded from mid-12c.


by 1993, American English slang, representing a ghetto pronunciation of whore.


Etymology 1 interj. 1 (context nautical English) Used to attract attention to something sighted, usually by lookouts. 2 halloo; hey; a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach n. A stop; a halt; a moderation of pace. Etymology 2

n. (anchor: E2N1)(context slang pejorative English) A whore; a sexually loose woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a woman with connotations of loose sexuality.


Hồ is a Vietnamese surname. The name is transliterated as Hu in Chinese and Ho in Korean.

Ho is the anglicized variation of the surname Hồ. Not be confused with Ho surname in Vietnamese, it's literally called .

The Hồ 胡 clan which founded the Hồ dynasty in Vietnam originated in Zhejiang province of China.

Ho (kana)

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Both are made in four strokes and both represent . In the Sakhalin dialect of the Ainu language, ホ can be written as small ㇹ to represent a final h sound after an o sound (オㇹ oh).





Normal h-
(ほ行 ha-gyō)


, hoh

ほお, ほぉ

ホオ, ホォ

Addition dakutenb-
(ぼ行 ba-gyō)


, boh

ぼう, ぼぅ
ぼお, ぼぉ

ボウ, ボゥ
ボオ, ボォ

Addition handakutenp-
(ぽ行 pa-gyō)


, poh

ぽう, ぽぅ
ぽお, ぽぉ

ポウ, ポゥ
ポオ, ポォ

Other additional forms







HO (complexity)

High-order logic is an extension of first-order and second-order with high order quantifiers. In descriptive complexity we can see that it is equal to the ELEMENTARY functions. There is a relation between the ith order and non determinist algorithm the time of which is with i − 1 level of exponentials.

Ho (Korean name)

Ho is a rare Korean family name, a single-syllable masculine Korean given name, and an element in two-syllable Korean given names. The meaning differs based on the hanja used to write it.

Usage examples of "ho".

They wandered round the small square and she bought postcards and obediently drank Mad- ron ho, distilled from arbutus berries.

Iy bridesmaid, Debbie, who is married and has three children, ho, a crush on him.

Diaphenia like the daffadowndilly, White as the sun, fair as the lily, Heigh ho, how do I love thee!

He does a kamikaze linebacker blitz straight through the skaters, barrels them down like bowling pins, catches Ho, and keeps running downfield towards the moving flatbed of the Bronco.

Hoen at the Hague, Hinne Rode at Utrecht, Gerard Lister at Zwolle, Melchior Miritzsch at Ghent, were soon in correspondence with Luther and became missionaries of his faith.

Ployer in honer of the most honorable house of Monsay, in Britaine, that in an extreme extremitie once relieved our Captain.

Daar zal ik zelf ook toe horen als de gier mijn hersens heeft leeggezogen en ze mij in Arecibo hebben gedumpt.

Nolite hos vestro auxilio exspoliare, qui vestrae salutis causa suum periculum neglexerunt, nec stultitia ac temeritate vestra aut animi imbecillitate omnem Galliam prosternere et perpetuae servituti subicere.

Haec orantibus legatis commemorat Caesar: Eodem tempore superiore anno Bellovacos ceterasque Galliae civitates suscepisse bellum: pertinacissime hos ex omnibus in sententia permansisse neque ad sanitatem reliquorum deditione esse perductos.

Ze ging domweg tegenover hem zitten, sloeg haar notitieblok open en begon hem uit te horen over de manier waarop hij een nieuwe taal leerde, over de ezelsbruggetjes die hij gebruikte, over de gewoonten die hij zich had aangeleerd, over de methoden die hij bijna instinctief gebruikte en ook over de formele, wetenschappelijk aanvaarde technieken bij het in de praktijk onvoorbereid analyseren en begrijpen van een vreemde taal.

To the average Qeng Ho, diamond was simply another allotrope of carbon, cheaply made in tonne lots.

The Gods do fear whenas they glow, And I do tremble when I think, Heigh ho, would she were mine!

The Gods do fear whenas they glow, And I do tremble when I think Heigh ho, would she were mine!

Yes, Pious had told him of that land and Chaste had pointed him to the way but the reason was that in the way he fell in with a certain wHore of an eyepleasing exterior wHose name, she said, is Bird-in-the-Hand and she beguiled him wrongways from the true path by her flatteries that she said to him as, Ho, you pretty man, turn aside hither and I will sHow you a brave place, and she lay at him so flatteringly that she had him in her grot which is named Two-in-the-Bush or, by some learned, Carnal Concupiscence.

The emperor has relieved General Kwan of responsibility for the war against your indestructible armies, and surprised the Mandarinate by placing a young general from Chukei, Batu Min Ho, in command of the war.