- 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 hoarder
She was a hoarder and a person of uncertain origin: was she French or merely someone pretending to be French?Vivian Maier: Still Missing
April 24, 2014
There have been those who have condemned the hoarder in the roundest of terms.The Iron Ration
George Abel Schreiner
No purchasers at execution sales but the creditor, or some hoarder of money.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
But he now became what a young and gay Irishman seldom is--a hoarder of his earnings.Bits of Blarney
R. Shelton Mackenzie
He was considered eccentric and "a hoarder up of English gold."The Stronghold
Food hoarding is an offence and the food is commandeered and the hoarder punished.Women and War Work
- 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 hoarder
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.