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Hole appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • If you go for a gopher a gopher will go for a gopher hole.
  • Pete's pa pete poked to the pea patch to pick a peck of peas for the poor pink pig in the pine hole pig-pen.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun hole:


Hole is sometimes a misspelling of who or whole.

The word hole is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun hole

What does hole mean as a name of something?

Hole is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: holes

  1. an opening into or through something
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic words: gap / opening = an open or empty space in or between things
    • more specific terms:
      • aperture = a natural opening in something
      • bolt-hole = a hole through which an animal may bolt when pursued into its burrow or den
      • bullet hole = a hole made by a bullet passing through it
      • cranny = a small opening or crevice
      • leak = an accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape
      • ozone hole = an area of the ozone layer (near the poles) that is seasonally depleted of ozone
      • perforation = a hole made in something
      • rathole = a hole (as in the wall of a building) made by rats
      • knothole = a hole in a board where a knot came out
  2. an opening deliberately made in or through something
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: opening = a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
    • more specific terms:
      • air hole = a hole that allows the passage of air
      • armhole = a hole through which you put your arm and where a sleeve can be attached
      • bunghole = a hole in a barrel or cask
      • button hole / buttonhole = a hole through which buttons are pushed
      • countersink = a hole (usually in wood) with the top part enlarged so that a screw or bolt will fit into it and lie below the surface
      • cup = the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green
      • ear hole = a hole (as in a helmet) for sound to reach the ears
      • eye = a small hole or loop
      • eyehole / eyelet = a small hole (usually round and finished around the edges) in cloth or leather for the passage of a cord or hook or bar
      • finger hole = a hole for inserting a finger
      • finger hole = one of a series of holes in a woodwind instrument
      • hawsehole / hawsepipe / hawse = the hole that an anchor rope passes through
      • keyhole = the hole where a key is inserted
      • loophole = a small hole in a fortified wall
      • lubber's hole = hole in a platform on a mast through which a sailor can climb without going out on the shrouds
      • manhole = a hole (usually with a flush cover) through which a person can gain access to an underground structure
      • mortice / mortise = a square hole made to receive a tenon and so to form a joint
      • mouth hole = a hole (as in a ski mask) for the mouth
      • nail hole = a hole left after a nail is removed
      • peephole / eyehole / spyhole = a hole (in a door or an oven etc) through which you can peep
      • perforation = a line of small holes for tearing at a particular place
      • plughole = a hole into which a plug fits
      • post hole / posthole = a hole dug in the ground to hold a fence post
      • puncture = a small hole made by a sharp object
      • sound hole = a hole in a soundboard (as of a violin) designed to resonate with the tones
      • thumbhole = the hole in a woodwind that is closed and opened with the thumb
      • vent-hole / blowhole / venthole / vent = a hole for the escape of gas or air
  3. one playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course
  4. an unoccupied space
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic word: space = an empty area
    • more specific word: pore = any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid
  5. a depression hollowed out of solid matter
  6. a fault
    • example: he shot holes in my argument
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: defect / fault / flaw = an imperfection in an object or machine
  7. informal terms for a difficult situation
  8. informal terms for the mouth

Alternative definition of the noun hole


  1. A hollow spot in a surface.
  2. An opening in a solid.
  3. [golf] A subsurface standard-size hole, also called cup, hitting the ball into which is the object of play. Each hole, of which there are usually eighteen as the standard on a full course, is located on a prepared surface, called the green, of a particular type grass.
  4. [golf] The part of a game in which a player attempts to hit the ball into one of the holes.
  5. [archeology, slang] An excavation pit or trench.
  6. [figuratively] A weakness, a flaw
  7. [informal] A container or receptacle.
  8. [physics] In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.
  9. [computing] A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit.
  10. [context: slang anatomy] An orifice, in particular the anus.
  11. [informal] A high-security prison cell, often used as punishment.
  12. [slang] An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel
  13. [baseball] The rear portion of the defensive team between the shortstop and the third baseman.

Specialised definition of the noun hole

Glossary of sports

a part of a golf course that consists of a tee, a fairway, and a green with a hole and is a basic element in scoring. A golf course usually has 18 holes; to hit or drive a ball into one of the holes of a golf course (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / freestyle skiing

a deep, depressed area created where most of the skiers land after an air bump

Glossary of sports / golf

a small round cavity or cup on a green into which the ball is bit (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / soccer

the space between the midfielders and the attackers where attacking midfielders play (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • usage: slang

Definition of the verb hole

What does hole mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: holed | holing | holes

  1. hit the ball into the hole
    • domain: golf / golf game
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of hole: hole out
    • more generic word: hit = cause to move by striking
  2. make holes in


  1. "Hole" is a 2014 short drama film written and directed by Martin Edralin.
  2. "Hole" is a 2013 short animated film written and directed by Wouter Venema.
  3. "Hole" is a 1992 short film directed by Nicky Hamlyn.
    • genre: Experimental film
    • released in (23 years ago)


Hole is a fictional character in the 2003 drama film The Principles Of Lust.

Phrases with Hole

Phrases starting with the word Hole:

  1. hole up
  2. hole out
  3. hole card

Phrases ending with the word Hole:

  1. A-Hole
  2. F-Hole
  3. A**hole
  4. air hole
  5. dry hole
  6. ear hole
  7. fox hole
  8. Pot-Hole
  9. top-hole
  10. bean hole
  11. Blue hole
  12. bolt-hole
  13. bore-hole
  14. Bung-Hole
  15. funk hole
  16. golf hole
  17. Hand-Hole

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hole

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Google previewThe Quantum Revolution (2008)

A Historical Perspective by Kent A. Peacock

A black hole is a mass that has collapsed to within its own event horizon, a mathematical surface surrounding the hole over which the...

The area of a black hole is the area of its event horizon.

Furthermore, a black hole is an object that (because of its intense gravitational field) absorbs all radiation that falls upon it and ...

Google preview14 Fun Facts About Black Holes: A 15-Minute Book

Educational Version by Jeannie Meekins

Fact 2: A Black Hole is a star More accurately, a black hole was a star. Stars, as we see them, are balls of burning gas. Eventually, this gas runs ...

Google previewThe Planter of Souls and Other Stories (2005)

by Bruce Dorricott

But the hole itself see, that's the important thing, the hole is the great leveller. It's where we all end up,

Google previewImagining the Black Female Body (2010)

Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture by C. Henderson

The great hole is a reconstruction of a reconstruction, “an exact replica of The Great Hole of History,” which was a historical theme park (The America Play 159). This repetitive chain of history stretches back further and further into nothingness; ...

Google previewUniquely Wyoming (2004)

by Larry Bograd

Jackson Hole is a 50-mile long valley surrounded by high mountains in northwestern Wyoming. Jackson, with about 8,500 people, is the only town in the valley. Jackson Hole is known for its mountains, valleys, and ski trails. In addition to ...

Google previewReport of the Board on Fortifications Or Other Defenses Appointed by the President of the United States Under the Provisions of the Act of Congress Approved March 3, 1885 ... (1886)

by United States. Board on Fortifications or Other Defenses

Vineyard Raven or Holmes's Hole is a wide, deep indentation in the northern shore of the island; it is sheltered from the southerly and westerly winds, and has from 3 to 5 fathoms of water. This bight is li miles long and a little over 1£ miles wide ...

Google previewA Dictionary of American Proverbs (1992)

by Wolfgang Mieder, Stewart A. Kingsbury, Kelsie B. Harder

hole 1. A hole is nothing at all, but you can break your neck in it.

Google previewDictionary of Upriver Halkomelem (2009)

by Brent Douglas Galloway

QW <qwā-, free root //q"8//, DESC ['get a hole'], syntactic analysis: intransitive verb, attested by AC, example: <le qvá te "tire".-, //le q"8 te tire//, [le q"áe te táyer], / "The tire got a hole.'/, compare with <sqweqwā ta "tire". There's a hole in your tire. , ...

Google previewDictionary of Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Processing (2013)

by Alireza Bahadori, Chikezie Nwaoha, Malcolm William Clark

Bottom Hole Choke: A restriction in a profile near the bottom of the well that allows some gas expansion and holds a backpressure on the formation. Rarely used, but considered for hydrate control. Bottom Hole–Gas Separator: Gas anchor or ...

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Quotes about Hole

The tired and thirsty prospector threw himself down at the edge of the watering hole and started to drink. But then he looked around and saw skulls and bones everywhere. 'Uh-oh,' he thought. 'This watering hole is reserved for skeletons.' (Jack Handey)
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Scrabble value of H4O1L1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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