Ho, Hoa (?), n. [See Ho, interj., 2.]

A stop; a halt; a moderation of pace.

There is no ho with them. Decker.

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Ho, Hoa (?), 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?" Shak.

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!" Chaucer.

An herald on a scaffold made an hoo. Chaucer.

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