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[hawrd, hohrd]
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  1. a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.: a vast hoard of silver.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place: to hoard food during a shortage.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.
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Origin of hoard

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 formshoard·er, nounun·hoard·ed, adjective
Can be confusedhoard horde


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Historical Examples

  • The gold and silver money, which had been hoarded, returned to circulation.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hoarded


  1. an accumulated store hidden away for future use
  2. a cache of ancient coins, treasure, etc
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  1. to gather or accumulate (a hoard)
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Derived Formshoarder, noun

Word Origin

Old English hord; related to Old Norse hodd, Gothic huzd, German Hort, Swedish hydda hut


Hoard is sometimes wrongly written where horde is meant: hordes (not hoards) of tourists
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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)).

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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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