Definition of hod in English:



  • 1A builder's V-shaped open trough on a pole, used for carrying bricks and other building materials.

    • ‘It was like dropping an entire hod of bricks that you've been carrying with you over your shoulder everywhere since you were born.’
    • ‘I've never felt out of place, having picked up a trowel or carried a hod for a living.’
    • ‘A year later Jones left school with no qualifications and drifted into washing pots and pans, hod carrying, and boozing.’
    • ‘Anything just so I don't have to go back on the hod and trowel again!’
    • ‘In single file each shouldering his hod pass onward the laborers;’
    1. 1.1A coal scuttle.
      • ‘The pattern is similar to one pictured on a coal hod in the Mersereau catalogue and referred to as the ‘Japanese pattern.’’
      • ‘Relive the colonial past of America with a brass coal hod.’
      • ‘Take care of your ash with a coal hod, ash bucket and coal shovel.’


Late 16th century variant of northern English dialect hot ‘a basket for carrying earth’, from Old French hotte ‘pannier’, probably of Germanic origin.