noun (1)
\ ˈmu̇r How to pronounce moor (audio) \

Definition of moor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 chiefly British : an expanse of open rolling infertile land
2 : a boggy area especially : one that is peaty and dominated by grasses and sedges


moored; mooring; moors

Definition of moor (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make fast with or as if with cables, lines, or anchors : anchor

intransitive verb

1 : to secure a boat by mooring : anchor
2 : to be made fast


noun (2)
\ ˈmu̇r How to pronounce Moor (audio) \

Definition of Moor (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : one of the Arab and Berber conquerors of Spain
2 : berber

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Other Words from moor

Noun (2)

Moorish \ ˈmu̇r-​ish How to pronounce Moorish (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for moor

Synonyms: Noun (1)

campo, champaign, down(s), grassland, heath, lea (or ley), llano, pampa, plain, prairie, savanna (also savannah), steppe, tundra, veld (or veldt)

Synonyms: Verb

anchor, catch, clamp, fasten, fix, hitch, secure, set

Antonyms: Verb

loose, loosen, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen

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Examples of moor in a Sentence

Noun (1)

as she wanders the windswept moor, the novel's heroine vows that she will never marry the vicar a mysterious figure who was said to have haunted the moors of southwest England


We found a harbor and moored the boat there for the night. The boat was moored alongside the dock. We need to find a place to moor for the night.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meals Included:Breakfast Accommodations:Hotel Eilean Iarmain Day 8: Isle of Skye/Fort William This morning, meander across the moors on a gentle hike around Armadale Castle, the former home of Clan Donald. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 The paucity of loos on a mountain or moor is unavoidable, and to an extent one becomes inured to pulling down your pants in the countryside. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 Nor to hear the cry of North Atlantic winds, sweeping across moor and mountain. Barbara Mahany,, "‘Dreaming of Stones’: Poetry collection offers spiritual solace," 23 June 2019 North of Edinburgh lie the rolling moors and forbidding peaks of the Highlands, one of the last strongholds of Gaelic language and culture in Great Britain. Sarah Christensen, National Geographic, "Scotland: Land of Legends," 31 May 2019 The wild, windswept moors of northern England, where the Brontë sisters lived and set their novels, holds a fabled place in literary history. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Young Families Embrace Living in ‘Wuthering Heights Country’," 9 Aug. 2018 There are few parts of this hotel without a striking view of the moors or environs, and the Wi-Fi worked fine for us. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "A Driving Tour of Devon, England—on Perilously Narrow Roads," 30 Oct. 2018 Harrogate is 25 miles from the village of Haworth, where the Brontë family lived, and both are within easy reach of both the moors and the dales. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Young Families Embrace Living in ‘Wuthering Heights Country’," 9 Aug. 2018 Each super-ship would take 48 hours to approach the terminal, moor, transfer cargo, and leave. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Offshore Mega-Terminals Are Coming Because Oil Supertankers Are Too Big for Our Ports," 14 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bastien et Bastienne—was performed on two barges moored on Lake Constance. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "There’s a Massive Jester Floating on Austria’s Lake Constance," 15 July 2019 The bid would leave the city about $100 million short of finishing the PCT, which would still need piping, utilities and mooring dolphins to secure offloading vessels, Falsey said. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Discovery of more earthquake damage adds to troubles at Port of Alaska," 17 July 2019 From the deck of a Liberty Ship: The SS Jeremiah O’Brien, moored at San Francisco’s Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf, morphs from a living history museum to a fireworks viewing party on the Fourth of July. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "7 fun ways to watch Bay Area fireworks this Fourth of July," 29 June 2019 In April 2018, for example, one of the ships, the SC Brilliant, was moored at Asalouyeh, a major Iranian petrochemical depot on the Persian Gulf, according to data from VesselsValue. Michael Forsythe, New York Times, "To Evade Sanctions on Iran, Ships Vanish in Plain Sight," 2 July 2019 The sub can be moored wherever guests desire, from a reef off St. Lucia to a sunken battleship in the Red Sea, and the interior is styled to their preferences. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "Don’t scuba? Here are 10 other underwater thrills," 7 June 2019 He is not moored to any discernible first principles. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway reacts to anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed," 5 Sep. 2018 Upon initial inspection, the unidentified mine was moored, according to a statement released by a Navy spokeswoman. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Unexploded ‘device’ floating near Brownsville Marina – described as a mine – detonated by Navy," 28 Aug. 2018 Boats the size of the Magestic must moor more than one hundred yards out, as a flotilla of dinghies, rowed from the stern with a single oar, ferry goods to the dock. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of moor

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moor

Noun (1)

Middle English mor, from Old English mōr; akin to Old High German muor moor


Middle English moren; akin to Middle Dutch meren, maren to tie, moor

Noun (2)

Middle English More, from Anglo-French, from Latin Maurus inhabitant of Mauretania

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English Language Learners Definition of moor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a broad area of open land that is not good for farming



English Language Learners Definition of moor (Entry 2 of 3)

: to hold (a boat or ship) in place with ropes or cables or with an anchor



English Language Learners Definition of Moor (Entry 3 of 3)

: a member of a group of North African Arab people who ruled parts of Spain from the eighth century until 1492


\ ˈmu̇r How to pronounce moor (audio) \

Kids Definition of moor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area of open land that is too wet or too poor for farming


moored; mooring

Kids Definition of moor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten in place with cables, lines, or anchors moor a boat

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