[ 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.

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.

verb (used without object)
  1. to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.

Origin of hoard

First recorded before 900; Middle English hord(e), Old English hord; cognate with Old Norse hodd, Old High German hort, Gothic huzd “treasure”; see hide1, hide2

Other words for hoard

Other words from hoard

  • hoarder, noun
  • un·hoard·ed, adjective

Words that may be confused with hoard

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How to use hoard in a sentence

  • Henriette often declares that he acts as if he were afraid of starving—he is such a hoarder for "rainy days."

  • The commercial hoarder, who had a regular business besides and kept his books accordingly, was too much for these men.

    The Iron Ration | George Abel Schreiner
  • Now that God may shew his dislike against this, he doth, as it were, license the people to curse such an hoarder up.

British Dictionary definitions for hoard


/ (hɔːd) /

  1. an accumulated store hidden away for future use

  2. a cache of ancient coins, treasure, etc

  1. to gather or accumulate (a hoard)

Origin of hoard

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

usage For hoard

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

Derived forms of hoard

  • hoarder, noun

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