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noun (1)

plural hoards
: a supply or fund stored up and often hidden away
a hoard of cash


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hoarded; hoarding; hoards

transitive verb

: to collect and often hide away a supply of : to accumulate a hoard (see hoard entry 1) of
hoarding food
: to keep (something, such as one's thoughts) to oneself
she hoarded her intentionVirginia Woolf
the people outside disperse their affections, you hoard yours, you nurse them into intensityJoseph Conrad

intransitive verb

: to collect and often hide away a supply of something
specifically : to engage in compulsive hoarding
One thing people who hoard have in common is a skewed perceived value of possessions. My Edmonds News (Edmonds, Washington)


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noun (2)

plural hoards
: a temporary board fence put around a building being erected or repaired : hoarding entry 2 sense 1

Examples of hoard in a Sentence

Noun (1) a squirrel's hoard of nuts keeps a hoard of empty yogurt containers in his basement workshop for storing whatnots Verb he's been hoarding empty yogurt containers all winter, with the intention of using them to start seedlings in the spring
Recent Examples on the Web
Preservation of the coins is scheduled for this year, officials said, and exploration of the discovery area will continue as more hoards may be buried nearby. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 10 May 2024 On clear days, hoards of visitors have lined up in the parking lot of Fujikawaguchiko's Lawson Convenience Store, eager to photograph the majesty of Mount Fuji in contrast with the store’s neon signage. Connor Sturges, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for hoard 

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Word History


Noun (1) and Verb

Middle English hord, from Old English; akin to Goth huzd treasure, Old English hȳdan to hide

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


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

Noun (2)

1757, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoard was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hoard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoard. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a hidden supply or fund stored up
hoard verb
hoarder noun

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