ho etymology

English word ho comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱēy(w)-, Proto-Indo-European *key-, Proto-Indo-European *keh₂ro-, Proto-Indo-European *keh₂ros, Proto-Indo-European *kr̥-, Proto-Indo-European *kr̥k-wo-, and later Proto-Germanic *hairaz ((figurative) aged; old; lofty; distinguished. Grey.)

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word ho. Currently you are viewing the etymology of ho with the meaning: (Noun) (slang, pejorative) A whore; a sexually promiscuous woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a woman with connotations of loose sexuality.(slang, pejorative) A whore; a sexually promiscuous woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a woman with connotations of loose sexuality

Detailed word origin of ho

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ḱēy(w)- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*key- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*keh₂ro- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*keh₂ros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kr̥- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kr̥k-wo- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*hairaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (figurative) aged; old; lofty; distinguished. Grey.
*hōrǭ Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Whore, adulteress.
*hurhwą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Dirt, mucus, dirty substance.
har Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Grey-haired, old and grey, venerable.
hār Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
hore Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Whore.
hōre Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
horu Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Dirt; filth; foulness.
horh Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Phlegm.
hore Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
whore English (eng) (intransitive, vulgar) To engage the services of a prostitute.. (intransitive, vulgar) To prostitute oneself.. (intransitive, vulgar) To pursue false goals.. (intransitive, vulgar) To pursue false gods.. (transitive, slang, video games, vulgar, derogatory) To overuse something.. (transitive, vulgar) To pimp; to pander. (mildly, vulgar, or, dated) A prostitute.. (vulgar) A contemptible [...]
ho English (eng) (slang, pejorative) A whore; a sexually promiscuous woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a woman with connotations of loose sexuality.

Words with the same origin as ho

Descendants of *key-
about above and because become before begin beginning behalf believe belong below between beyond bless but butt by bye for hit hitting nor whore
Descendants of *keh₂ro-
caress charitable charity hare hobo whorehouse
Descendants of *kr̥-
course decide desert deserve desperate destroy die due effect effort evidence exact example exchange exist expect expected expecting experience harry her here rock row say