a flexible tube conveying water, used esp. for watering plants and in firefighting.
[treated as pl.]
stockings, socks, and tights (esp. in commercial use):
a chorus girl's fishnet hose.
Elizabethan doublet and hose.
water, spray, or drench with a hose:
he was hosing down the driveway.
ORIGIN: Old English hosa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoos ‘stocking’ and German Hosen ‘trousers.’ Originally singular, the term denoted a covering for the leg, sometimes including the foot but sometimes reaching only as far as the ankle.
, arose, Bose, brose, chose, close, compose, diagnose, doze, enclose, expose, foreclose, froze, hose, impose, interpose, juxtapose, Montrose, noes, nose, oppose, plainclothes, pose, propose, prose, rose, suppose, those, transpose, underexpose, uprose
•Berlioz • flambeaux • thrombose
•bandeaux • bulldoze • fricandeaux
•metamorphose • pantyhose • glucose
•tableaux • parclose • Fellows
•bedclothes • nightclothes • rouleaux
•underclothes • misdiagnose
•Ambrose • dextrose • Faeroes
•primrose • cornrows • sucrose
•Burroughs • tuberose
, gateaux, plateaux
•portmanteaux • fructose
article of clothing for the leg OE.; B.
flexible pipe for conveying liquid XV. Late OE. hosa
= OS., OHG., ON. hosa
stocking, water-hose, G. hose
) :- Gmc. *χusan-
. Sense B is prob. from Du.