[moo r]

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.


the act of mooring.

Origin of moor

1485–95; earlier more, akin to Old English mǣrels- in mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring a ship; see marline Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for moored

dock, tether, berth, secure, chain, fix, lash, catch, tie, picket

Examples from the Web for moored

Contemporary Examples of moored

  • It was almost an economic religion or at least an ideology that was not moored to the actual but the theoretical.

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    Stanley Crouch

    December 30, 2008

Historical Examples of moored

  • No, their barks have got to be moored outside of them mysterious shores.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 1.

    Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)

  • Our vessels were moored about the harbour, and we were all frozen in, as a matter of course.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Out in the harbor hundreds of ships of every description were moored.

  • She pointed to a small boat, white with a green line, that was moored close to them.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The captain's patience was, as he himself often said, moored with a short cable.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for moored



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




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




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
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Word Origin and History for moored



"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.

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