hoard

noun (1)
\ ˈhȯrd How to pronounce hoard (audio) \
plural hoards

Definition of hoard

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

hoard

verb
hoarded; hoarding; hoards

Definition of hoard (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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

hoard

noun (2)
plural hoards

Definition of hoard (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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: Noun No conversation on economics is possible without someone boasting about how large their nation's hoard of foreign currency is. Vasuki Shastry, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 Most of the hoard has vanished into private hands, a terrible loss to history. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022 Now, with its cash hoard shrinking, Credito Real faces a moment of truth. Sydney Maki, Bloomberg.com, 9 Feb. 2022 Few of its hoard of Gauguins, Van Goghs, Cézannes, Renoirs, and Monets have traveled. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 The Bank of Russia has kept 22% of its hoard in gold, most of which is held domestically and would be out of reach of Western sanctions, while about 13% of the central bank's holdings are in yuan, according to the latest data. Arkansas Online, 27 Feb. 2022 The gist: Twitter-famous musher Blair Braverman frequently shares stories about her adventures with her adorable pack of sled dogs, and this one came in the shape of a bedtime story told to the hoard of puppies living on her farm in 2018. Jeva Lange, The Week, 25 June 2021 The later wreck held a large hoard of silver coins dated between 1206 to 1290 C.E., and was captured Caesarea from the Crusaders in 1265. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2021 As this tech finds its way into more vehicles the company will begin building the type of data hoard that helped Tesla improve its AV technology so rapidly. Jon Markman, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb People who have survived extreme food shortages will sometimes emerge from the experience with the impulse to hoard food. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 People who have survived extreme food shortages will sometimes emerge from the experience with the impulse to hoard food. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Apr. 2022 People who have survived extreme food shortages will sometimes emerge from the experience with the impulse to hoard food. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2022 The uncertainty sparked panic among residents, who cleared out store shelves to hoard daily necessities. Zen Soo And Vincent Yu, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Apr. 2022 The uncertainty sparked panic among residents, who cleared out store shelves to hoard daily necessities. Zen Soo And Vincent Yu, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2022 Males will murder their competitors’ kids to bring the mothers back into heat, a common practice among lions; females will kill babies to hoard scarce resources for themselves, a macabre act that’s been well studied in primates such as marmosets. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 20 July 2021 Stories of Nazi treasure—art, gold, trains, etc.—are common historical fodder, and are largely true; the Nazis did loot and hoard billions of dollars’ worth of gold. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 22 Apr. 2022 At this stage, businesses shouldn’t hoard their findings. Michael Ashley, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hoard

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

Noun (2)

1757, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoard

Noun (1) and Verb

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

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22 May 2022

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“Hoard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoard. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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hoard

noun
\ ˈhȯrd How to pronounce hoard (audio) \

Kids Definition of hoard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a supply usually of something of value stored away or hidden

hoard

verb
hoarded; hoarding

Kids Definition of hoard (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather and store away Squirrels hoard nuts for winter.

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hoarder noun

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