Origin of moor1
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of moor2
Origin of Moor
Examples from the Web for moor
She was absolved of the charge because a portrait of a Moor hung above her bed.
Estevanico, or “Esteban the Moor,” arrived on the continent in 1534.
"I would rather you did not wander on the moor so late at night," Mildred Caniper said.Moor Fires|E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
The districts immediately surrounding the moor are called the Venville or Fenfield districts.
Every now and then she stopped and listened intently, peering among the trees that skirted the road or across the expanse of moor.Little Folks (November 1884)|Various
The wounded were more or less cared for by a Moor, who performed the functions of surgeon.The Knight of Malta|Eugene Sue
Moor went towards the door, but it was thrown wide open ere he reached it, and a bearded lansquenet crossed the threshold.A Word Only A Word, Complete|Georg Ebers
Word Origin for moor
Word Origin for moor
Word Origin for Moor
"to fasten (a vessel) by a cable," late 15c., probably related to Old English mærels "mooring rope," via unrecorded *mærian "to moor," or possibly borrowed from Middle Low German moren or Middle Dutch maren "to moor," from West Germanic *mairojan. Related: Moored, mooring. French amarrer is from Dutch.
"waste ground," Old English mor "morass, swamp," from Proto-Germanic *mora- (cf. Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch meer "swamp," Old High German muor "swamp," also "sea," German Moor "moor," Old Norse mörr "moorland," marr "sea"), perhaps related to mere (n.), or from root *mer- "to die," hence "dead land."
The basic sense in place names is 'marsh', a kind of low-lying wetland possibly regarded as less fertile than mersc 'marsh.' The development of the senses 'dry heathland, barren upland' is not fully accounted for but may be due to the idea of infertility. [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]
"North African, Berber," late 14c., from Old French More, from Medieval Latin Morus, from Latin Maurus "inhabitant of Mauritania" (northwest Africa, a region now corresponding to northern Algeria and Morocco), from Greek Mauros, perhaps a native name, or else cognate with mauros "black" (but this adjective only appears in late Greek and may as well be from the people's name as the reverse). Being a dark people in relation to Europeans, their name in the Middle Ages was a synonym for "Negro;" later (16c.-17c.) used indiscriminately of Muslims (Persians, Arabs, etc.) but especially those in India.