[hawr-ding, hohr-]


the act of a person who hoards.
hoardings, things that are hoarded.

Nearby words

  1. hoagland,
  2. hoagy,
  3. hoar,
  4. hoard,
  5. hoarder,
  6. hoare,
  7. hoare, samuel,
  8. hoarfrost,
  9. hoarhound,
  10. hoarse

Origin of hoarding

First recorded in 1585–95; hoard + -ing1


[hawr-ding, hohr-]


a temporary fence enclosing a construction site.
British. a billboard.

Origin of hoarding

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


[hawrd, hohrd]


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

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British Dictionary definitions for hoarding



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

Word Origin for hoarding

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



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


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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