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.

places Hull
dates 1453

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