hoard

[hawrd, hohrd]

noun

a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.: a vast hoard of silver.

verb (used with object)

to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place: to hoard food during a shortage.

verb (used without object)

to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.

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

Synonyms for hoard

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British Dictionary definitions for hoarder

hoard

noun

an accumulated store hidden away for future use
a cache of ancient coins, treasure, etc

verb

to gather or accumulate (a hoard)
Derived Formshoarder, noun

Word Origin for hoard

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

usage

Hoard is sometimes wrongly written where horde is meant: hordes (not hoards) of tourists
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Word Origin and History for hoarder
n.

Old English hordere "treasurer," from hoard (n.). As "one who hoards," c.1500, from hoard (v.).

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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