- 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 hoarded
Money is like fertilizer; when hoarded it stinks, when spread around, things grow.The Doors Never Sold Out to Crass Commercialism
September 27, 2013
And I keep wondering what would have happened if his unquiet mother had hoarded books instead of semiautomatic weapons.The Promise of Happiness After the Newtown Shooting
January 27, 2013
She hoarded water compulsively and was consumed with panic that her baby might not survive.Of Love and War
October 25, 2011
When I was a little kid, I hoarded my $2 weekly allowance while my older brother spent his instantly.A Recession Is Just What Teens Need
December 3, 2008
The gold and silver money, which had been hoarded, returned to circulation.The Paper Moneys of Europe
Francis W. Hirst
But she accepted her riches soberly, and did not fret that they must be so hoarded.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Pygmalion's hoarded wealth is borne overseas; a woman leads the work.The Aeneid of Virgil
Thought we must have hoarded it, but we told them that it came from the Red River drivers.Old Rail Fence Corners
Money was hoarded in strong boxes centuries before banks were invented.The Root of Evil
- 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 hoarded
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.