Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ho n.1

also hoe, who, whoe
[black pron. of SE whore]

1. [1950s+] (orig. US black) a prostitute.

2. [1960s+] a generic term describing any woman [ostensibly neutral, but the undertones of its ety. still make it controversial].

3. [1970s+] (US gay) a passive sexual partner.

4. [1980s+] (US black/campus) a promiscuous or seductively dressed young woman.

5. [1980s+] a girlfriend.

6. [1980s+] a person indiscreet in sexual matters.

7. [1980s+] (US black) a sexually promiscuous man.

8. [1990s+] an unfriendly person, either male or female.

9. [1990s+] (US black) a coward, i.e. a man who acts like a woman.

10. [2000s] (US campus) a form of friendly address.

In compounds

ho-ass (adj.) [-ass sfx]

[1990s+] (US black) a general term of address, used of a man .

ho-bag (n.)

[1990s+] (US) a derog. term for a woman.

ho-bitch (n.) [bitch n.1 (1a)]

[1990s+] (US campus) a general negative when applied to any woman .

ho boots (n.)

[1970s+] (US black) ostentatiously sexy, high, tight, high-heeled woman’s boots.

ho cake (n.)

[1990s+] (US black) the vagina.

ho-catcher (n.)

[1970s] (US black) a smart suit.

ho check (n.)

[2000s] (US prison) an emotional/physical trial of strength to determine one’s courage or lack of it.

ho jockey (n.) [jockey n.2 (3b)]

[2000s] (US black) a successful pimp or womanizer .

ho layer (n.) [lay v.1 (1)] [1980s+] (US black)

1. one who conducts most (or all) of his sex life with prostitutes.

2. a womanizer, a ladies’ man.

ho stroll (n.) [stroll n. (2)]

[1970s+] (orig. US black pimp) the street or streets in a town or city where prostitutes work regularly .

ho train (n.)

[2000s] (US black) a group of prostitutes that accompany their pimp on the street.