moor

1
[ moo r ]
/ mʊər /

noun

a tract of open, peaty, wasteland, often overgrown with heath, common in high latitudes and altitudes where drainage is poor; heath.
a tract of land preserved for game.

Nearby words

  1. moonstruck,
  2. moonwalk,
  3. moonward,
  4. moonwort,
  5. moony,
  6. moor grass,
  7. moorage,
  8. moorbird,
  9. moorburn,
  10. moorcock

Origin of moor

1
before 900; Middle English more, Old English mōr; cognate with Dutch moer, German Moor marsh

Related formsmoor·y, adjective

Can be confusedmoor more

moor

2
[ moo r ]
/ mʊər /

verb (used with object)

to secure (a ship, boat, dirigible, etc.) in a particular place, as by cables and anchors or by lines.
to fix firmly; secure.

verb (used without object)

to moor a ship, small boat, etc.
to be made secure by cables or the like.

noun

the act of mooring.

Origin of moor

2
1485–95; earlier more, akin to Old English mǣrels- in mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring a ship; see marline

Moor

[ moo r ]
/ mʊər /

noun

a Muslim of the mixed Berber and Arab people inhabiting NW Africa.
a member of this group that invaded Spain in the 8th century a.d. and occupied it until 1492.

Origin of Moor

1350–1400; Middle English More < Middle French, variant of Maure < Latin Maurus < Greek Maûros

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British Dictionary definitions for moor

moor

1
/ (mʊə, mɔː) /

noun

a tract of unenclosed ground, usually having peaty soil covered with heather, coarse grass, bracken, and moss
Derived Formsmoory, adjective

Word Origin for moor

Old English mōr; related to Old Saxon mōr, Old High German muor swamp

verb

to secure (a ship, boat, etc) with cables or ropes
(of a ship, boat, etc) to be secured in this way
(not in technical usage) a less common word for anchor (def. 11)

Word Origin for moor

C15: of Germanic origin; related to Old English mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring

Moor

/ (mʊə, mɔː) /

noun

a member of a Muslim people of North Africa, of mixed Arab and Berber descent. In the 8th century they were converted to Islam and established power in North Africa and Spain, where they established a civilization (756–1492)

Word Origin for Moor

C14: via Old French from Latin Maurus, from Greek Mauros, possibly from Berber

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