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[hawr-ding, hohr-]
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  1. the act of a person who hoards.
  2. hoardings, things that are hoarded.
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Origin of hoarding1

First recorded in 1585–95; hoard + -ing1


[hawr-ding, hohr-]
  1. a temporary fence enclosing a construction site.
  2. British. a billboard.
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Origin of hoarding2

1815–25; obsolete hoard (≪ Old French hourd(e) palisade made of hurdles < Germanic; compare German Hürde hurdle) + -ing1


[hawrd, hohrd]
  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

  • She had been hoarding it up for that secret hour, and now she was alone with it, and all the world was still.

  • The Pasha also seems perfectly indifferent to hoarding money.

  • Nearly every other omnibus carried the legend of The Plague-Spot; every hoarding had it.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • Thousands of millions of tons of it, while we've been hoarding it by grams.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • "Hoarding," a voice answered, and others supplied the few details.

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

British Dictionary definitions for hoarding


  1. a large board used for displaying advertising posters, as by a roadAlso called (esp US and Canadian): billboard
  2. a temporary wooden fence erected round a building or demolition site
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Word Origin

C19: from C15 hoard fence, from Old French hourd palisade, of Germanic origin, related to Gothic haurds, Old Norse hurth door


  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 hoarding



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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