[hawrd, hohrd]
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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.
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

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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Examples from the Web for hoarder

Contemporary Examples of hoarder

  • She was a hoarder and a person of uncertain origin: was she French or merely someone pretending to be French?

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    Vivian Maier: Still Missing

    Malcolm Jones

    April 24, 2014

Historical Examples of hoarder

  • 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.

  • 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

    Miriam Haynie

  • Food hoarding is an offence and the food is commandeered and the hoarder punished.

    Women and War Work

    Helen Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for hoarder


  1. an accumulated store hidden away for future use
  2. a cache of ancient coins, treasure, etc
  1. 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


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

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



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.

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