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hoard

[hawrd, hohrd] /hɔrd, hoʊrd/
noun
1.
a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.:
a vast hoard of silver.
verb (used with object)
2.
to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place:
to hoard food during a shortage.
verb (used without object)
3.
to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.
Origin of hoard
900
before 900; Middle English hord(e), Old English hord; cognate with Old Norse hodd, Old High German hort, Gothic huzd treasure; see hide1, hide2
Related forms
hoarder, noun
unhoarded, adjective
Can be confused
hoard, horde.
Synonyms
1. stockpile, reserve, cache, store, stock.
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  • 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.

  • Thought we must have hoarded it, but we told them that it came from the Red River drivers.

  • Money was hoarded in strong boxes centuries before banks were invented.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon
  • And there, too, was the broken coffee-pot in which garden seeds were hoarded.

    Judith of the Cumberlands

    Alice MacGowan
British Dictionary definitions for hoarded

hoard

/hɔːd/
noun
1.
an accumulated store hidden away for future use
2.
a cache of ancient coins, treasure, etc
verb
3.
to gather or accumulate (a hoard)
Derived Forms
hoarder, noun
Usage note
Hoard is sometimes wrongly written where horde is meant: hordes (not hoards) of tourists
Word Origin
Old English hord; related to Old Norse hodd, Gothic huzd, German Hort, Swedish hydda hut
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Word Origin and History for hoarded

hoard

n.

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)).

hoard

v.

Old English hordian, cognate with Old High German gihurten, German gehorden, Gothic huzdjan, from the root of hoard (n.). Related: Hoarded; hoarding.

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