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  1. a portable trough for carrying mortar, bricks, etc., fixed crosswise on top of a pole and carried on the shoulder.
  2. a coal scuttle.
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Origin of hod

1565–75; perhaps later variant of Middle English hot basket for carrying earth
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Historical Examples

  • Nearer were men climbing up ladders with hods on their shoulders.

    The Dew of Their Youth

    S. R. Crockett

  • Up on the plains old Hods he got and there his trouble began.

  • Hif this gentleman is really Mr. Rankin, or hif ee is not, its hol the same—wots the hods?

  • From the days of the Pharaohs they had carried their bricks and their mortar in hods on their heads or on their shoulders.

  • They used their backs as hods to carry mud, clasping their hands low down behind them and letting their companions load them up.

    Vacation days in Greece

    Rufus B. Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for hods


  1. an open metal or plastic box fitted with a handle, for carrying bricks, mortar, etc
  2. a tall narrow coal scuttle
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Word Origin

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 hods



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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