- a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.: a vast hoard of silver.
- to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place: to hoard food during a shortage.
- to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.
Origin of hoard
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Examples from the Web for hoard
That I hoard medication and go to sleep each night on a big pile of Zithromax?Doctors Can’t Prescribe a Magical Cure for Everything
March 26, 2014
JML: Attractive celebrities are usually followed by a hoard of women.Murder, Sex, and the Writing Life: Norman Mailer’s Biography
Ronald K. Fried
November 19, 2013
And by the end of the war he had managed to hoard at least 1,400 hugely valuable works for himself.The Man Who Hoarded Art for the Nazis
Christopher Dickey, Nadette De Visser
November 5, 2013
Former official Debbie Cook's email to 12,000 church members alleges financial wrongdoing and a $1 billion hoard.Scientology Insider Emails Attack on Church Finances
January 7, 2012
Big companies can hoard their money and sport big profits, but ultimately they have to sell to consumers and small firms.Why Business Hates Obama
July 15, 2010
Had the workmen dug six inches deeper, they would have found the hoard.Other Tales and Sketches
This was the one in which the dragon lay guarding the hoard.Opera Stories from Wagner
It was like listening to a child babbling of its hoard of shells.American Notes
In the grave on the hill a hoard it guarded, in the stone-barrow steep.
After his death the dragon takes possession of the hoard and watches over it.
- an accumulated store hidden away for future use
- a cache of ancient coins, treasure, etc
- to gather or accumulate (a hoard)
Word Origin and History for hoard
Old English hord "treasure, valuable stock or store," from Proto-Germanic *huzdam (cf. Old Saxon hord "treasure, hidden or inmost place," Old Norse hodd, German Hort, Gothic huzd "treasure," literally "hidden treasure"), from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)).
Old English hordian, cognate with Old High German gihurten, German gehorden, Gothic huzdjan, from the root of hoard (n.). Related: Hoarded; hoarding.