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
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Examples from the Web for hod

Historical Examples of hod

  • When he needed any, he'd say to a servant: "James, fetch me up a hod of change."

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Hod thy tail in the watter, lad, and there's hope for thee yit.

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

  • Hod ain't thought of that yet, an' my horse is tied in the alley.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx

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

    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 for hod

C14: perhaps alteration of C13 dialect hot, from Old French hotte pannier, creel, probably from Germanic
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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."

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