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A tramp, drifter, wanders from place to place without a home or a job.

Submitted December 17th, 2003 by: Anonymous

Usage Examples

Those colorful denizens of male despair, the Bowery bum and the rail-riding hobo, have been replaced by the bag lady and the welfare mother. Women have even taken over Skid Row.


Homeless dudes. Usually, not a nice term. "I don't want to go alone, there are hobo's around the corner." Comment by: Saggy    Rated:5/5
In the Great Depression in the US, hobos were "gentlemen of the road" i.e. homeless travelers with self-respect and willing to work, as distinct from bums. If you called a hobo a bum he would be highly offended. Hobos carried on a running fight with the "railroad bulls," who violently interfered with their hitching rides in empty rail cars. Comment by: dbeierl   


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