noun, verb (used with or without object) Chiefly British.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of harbor
Synonyms for harbor
Examples from the Web for harboured
Historical Examples of harboured
Who knows how many spies they have harboured right in the very midst of our camps?A Set of Six
He shuddered that he could have harboured the thought for a moment.The Root of Evil
She had harboured a belief that all might be well on the coming home of her father.The Free Lances
Not for worlds would he have harboured an exaggerated or immoderate idea.
What illusions they had all harboured in those strange old days!
Word Origin for harbour
Old English hereborgian, cognate with Old Norse herbergja, Old High German heribergon, Middle Dutch herbergen; see harbor (n.). Figuratively, of thoughts, etc., from late 14c. Related: Harbored; harboring.
"lodging for ships," early 12c., probably from Old English herebeorg "lodgings, quarters," from here "army, host" (see harry) + beorg "refuge, shelter" (related to beorgan "save, preserve;" see bury); perhaps modeled on Old Norse herbergi "room, lodgings, quarters." Sense shifted in Middle English to "refuge, lodgings," then to "place of shelter for ships."