1) Probably a container used to carry goods; of uncertain origin.
A word of uncertain origin. The OED says of it that it was not in evidence before the sixteenth century but links it with the similar term ‘hot, hott’: both are described as containers, used to carry mortar, brick, sand, lime, and the like. In fact, ‘hod’ occurs much earlier, e.g. 1453 3 hodes hoppe, Hull. As hops were being imported from the Low Countries in the early 1400s, it seems possible that the origin of the word may be in that region.