Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[hod] /hɒd/
a portable trough for carrying mortar, bricks, etc., fixed crosswise on top of a pole and carried on the shoulder.
a coal scuttle.
Origin of hod
1565-75; perhaps later variant of Middle English hot basket for carrying earth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for hod
Historical Examples
  • Each builder worked with a sword hanging by his side; each porter held a hod in one hand, and a weapon in the other.

    The King's Cup-Bearer Amy Catherine Walton
  • I don't think the worse of Scaife because his grandfather carried a hod.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • He—and hod Brooks—those two might defy all the town—might cow them all to silence even now.

    The Broken Gate Emerson Hough
  • hod thy tail in the watter, lad, and there's hope for thee yit.

  • They wuz considerable crowdin', an', bein' crippled, Oi dhropped me crowbar an' laid a good holt on th' tail av hod's coat.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • But he was a gran' bhoy all the same, an' I'm only a mudtipper wid a hod on me shoulthers.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • It was all that I could do to lift a hod of coal to the stove.

  • You wait here a minute, an' I'll git hod Blake, he's the marshal.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • He did not look at his mother's face, did not see the quick look with which hod Brooks turned from him to her.

    The Broken Gate Emerson Hough
  • hod ain't thought of that yet, an' my horse is tied in the alley.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
British Dictionary definitions for hod


an open metal or plastic box fitted with a handle, for carrying bricks, mortar, etc
a tall narrow coal scuttle
Word Origin
C14: perhaps alteration of C13 dialect hot, from Old French hotte pannier, creel, probably from Germanic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for hod

1570s, alteration of Middle English hott "pannier" (c.1300), from Old French hotte "basket to carry on the back," apparently from Frankish *hotta or some other Germanic source (cf. Middle High German hotze "cradle"). Altered by influence of cognate Middle Dutch hodde "basket."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for hod



A black passenger; Scuttle

[1920s+ Cabdrivers; probably because a hod is a container for coal]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hod

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hod

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for hod