1informal, derogatory A prostitute.
- 1.1offensive A woman, in particular one who has many casual sexual encounters or relationships.
1960s representing a dialect pronunciation of whore.
1An expression of surprise, admiration, triumph, or derision.
- ‘Ho! I'll show you’
- 1.1in combination Used as the second element of various exclamations.‘what ho!’
- ‘heave ho’
- ‘Blow ye winds, heigh ho, Clear away your running gear, And blow, blow, blow!’
2Used to call for attention.‘ho there!’
- ‘Ho there, Uranus. Please tell us how you know that you are a planet.’
- 2.1Nautical in combination Used to draw attention to something seen.
- ‘land ho!’
Natural exclamation: first recorded in Middle English.
The chemical element holmium.