- Richard,1812–86, U.S. inventor and manufacturer of printing-press equipment.
- his fatherRobert,1784–1833, U.S. manufacturer of printing presses.
- any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc
verb hoes, hoeing or hoed
- to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe
mid-14c., from Old French houe (12c.), from Frankish *hauwa, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old High German houwa “hoe, mattock, pick-axe,” German Haue), from PIE *kau- “to hew, strike” (see hew). The verb is first recorded early 15c. Related: Hoed; hoeing.
see tough row to hoe.