noun \ˈhrd\

: a large amount of something valuable that is kept hidden

Full Definition of HOARD

:  a supply or fund stored up and often hidden away

Examples of HOARD

  1. a squirrel's hoard of nuts
  2. <keeps a hoard of empty yogurt containers in his basement workshop for storing whatnots>

Origin of HOARD

Middle English hord, from Old English; akin to Gothic huzd treasure, Old English hȳdan to hide
First Known Use: before 12th century



: to collect and hide a large amount of (something valuable)

Full Definition of HOARD

transitive verb
:  to lay up a hoard of
:  to keep (as one's thoughts) to oneself
intransitive verb
:  to lay up a hoard
hoard·er noun

Examples of HOARD

  1. <he's been hoarding empty yogurt containers all winter, with the intention of using them to start seedlings in the spring>

First Known Use of HOARD

before 12th century


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