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Hobo \Ho"bo\, n.; pl. Hobos or Hoboes. [Of uncertain origin.] A professional tramp; one who spends his life traveling from place to place, esp. by stealing rides on trains, and begging for a living. [U. S.] -- Ho"bo*ism, n.

Syn: tramp, bum.


alt. (plural of hobo English) n. (plural of hobo English)

Usage examples of "hobos".

We'll start this off with a whispering campaign among the hobos, send it over the grapevine.

This was spring, and hobos showed up most frequently in Derry from late September to early November.

In Lewiston they were worried about tramps and hobos and that something called "the bonus army" would join up with something they called "the Communist riffraff army," by which they meant any man who was out of work.

It was only a house now, smelling damp and a little rotten, an unfurnished house where winos and hobos sometimes came to drink and talk and sleep out of the rain.

Us hobos got to help each other out-it's a tough enough life as it is.

The four crewmen who ran the caboose were not evil men, but when they had gone after the hobos they had swung their bats with actual glee, as if knocking helpless men over the head were sport.