verb (used with object)

to form into a mound; heap up.
to furnish with a mound of earth, as for a defense.

Origin of mound

1505–15; earlier: hedge or fence used as a boundary or protection, (v.) to enclose with a fence; compare Old English mund hand, hence protection, protector; cognate with Old Norse mund, Middle Dutch mond protection
Related formsun·mound·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mounded

Historical Examples of mounded

  • My shelters are going to be mounded up eight feet above the ground.

    Oomphel in the Sky

    Henry Beam Piper

  • The blankets were mounded on the bed as if they'd been pulled over Bryant's big body.

  • His bleached blue eyes shut to slits as he watched the rear car in its smoke-blur ooze away westward among the mounded bluffs.

    The Virginian

    Owen Wister

  • Its mounded solidity made its rapid motion look strange and terrible.

  • But may I be dead, and the earth be mounded above me, ere I hear thy cry and the tale of thy captivity.'

    The Red Book of Heroes

    Leonora Blanche Lang

British Dictionary definitions for mounded




a raised mass of earth, debris, etc
any heap or pilea mound of washing
a small natural hill
archaeol another word for barrow 2
an artificial ridge of earth, stone, etc, as used for defence


(often foll by up) to gather into a mound; heap
(tr) to cover or surround with a moundto mound a grave
Related formsRelated adjective: tumular

Word Origin for mound

C16: earthwork, perhaps from Old English mund hand, hence defence: compare Middle Dutch mond protection




heraldry a rare word for orb (def. 1)

Word Origin for mound

C13 (meaning: world, C16: orb): from French monde, from Latin mundus world
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Word Origin and History for mounded



1550s, "hedge, fence," also "embankment, dam" (a sense probably influenced by mount (n.)). The relationship between the noun and the verb is uncertain. Commonly supposed to be from Old English mund "hand, protection, guardianship" (cognate with Latin manus), but this is not certain (OED discounts it on grounds of sense). Perhaps a confusion of the native word and Middle Dutch mond "protection," used in military sense for fortifications of various types, including earthworks. From 1726 as "artificial elevation" (as over a grave); 1810 as "natural low elevation." As the place where the pitcher stands on a baseball field, from 1912.



1510s, "to enclose with a fence;" c.1600 as "to enclose with an embankment;" see mound (n.). From 1859 as "to heap up." Related: Mounded; mounding.

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