Meaning of HOSE in English

I. ˈhōz noun

( plural hose or hoses )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hosa stocking, husk; akin to Old Saxon, Old High German, & Old Norse hosa leg covering, Greek kystis bladder, Old English hȳd hide — more at hide

1. plural hose


(1) : a cloth leg covering that reaches down to the ankle and sometimes covers the foot

footless athletic hose worn over socks are part of a baseball uniform

(2) : stocking , sock

a pair of hose

— usually used in plural


(1) : a close-fitting garment similar to tights that covers the body from the waist to and sometimes including the feet and is usually attached to a doublet by points

eight times thrust through the doublet, four through the hose — Shakespeare

(2) : short breeches often reaching to the knee — see trunk hose

2. now dialect Britain : a sheath enclosing an inflorescence (as a spathe or the ensheathing leaves about the developing spike of a cereal grass)

3. plural sometimes hoses

a. : a flexible tube (as of rubber, plastic, or fabric) for conveying fluids (as air, steam, powdered coal, or water from a faucet or hydrant)

b. : such a tube with nozzle and attachments

c. : the tubing as material

4. : hosel

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English hosen, from hose, n.

1. archaic : to provide with hose for the legs


a. : to spray or water with a hose

hose the garden

b. : to wash or drench with water from a hose — usually used with down

the bridge … had been hosed down by the fire department — New York Times

III. transitive verb

1. slang : to deprive of something due or expected : trick : cheat

2. slang : to shoot with continuous automatic weapons fire

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.