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[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
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Examples from the Web for hod
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  • 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
  • hod thy tail in the watter, lad, and there's hope for thee yit.

  • Penny knew that Danny, a hardened criminal, would never give her any information, so she centered her attention upon hod and Coon.

    Swamp Island Mildred A. Wirt
  • 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
  • He—and hod Brooks—those two might defy all the town—might cow them all to silence even now.

    The Broken Gate Emerson Hough
  • You wait here a minute, an' I'll git hod Blake, he's the marshal.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • 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
  • hod ain't thought of that yet, an' my horse is tied in the alley.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • It was all that I could do to lift a hod of coal to the stove.

  • "Some workman was careless, and let that hod and all the bricks fall," Dick answered.

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
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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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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.
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