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


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)


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 Team USA ended Sunday with a hoard of medals, taking a commanding lead in the medal count. oregonlive, 17 July 2022 Criminalizing a medical procedure and unleashing a hoard of police and prosecutors to round up women and doctors and Uber drivers is draconian. CNN, 27 June 2022 Weighing in at a total of 33 pounds, the find represents the largest single hoard of ancient Roman silver ever found in Bavaria, Ancient Origins reports. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2021 But upon its return, Toyota didn’t engineer its own car, despite being the largest automaker in the world and possessing a large enough cash hoard to fund it. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 June 2022 Stevie can do a hoard of manual chores such as making deliveries or picking up a list of items in a hospital. Naveen Joshi, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Earlier this year, a badger in northwest Spain made headlines after digging up a hoard of more than 90 ancient coins, as Jack Guy reported for CNN in January. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The unprecedented demand, combined with supply chain shocks and pandemic shutdowns, has caused critical shortages of some chips, shuttering factories and forcing companies to redesign or reengineer products and hoard components. Wired, 26 July 2022 Give it to neighbors or teachers of friends or hoard it all for yourself. Jessie Sheehan, Bon Appétit, 9 Feb. 2022 Jennifer and Jordan Turpin said their mother would buy children’s clothes, games and toys, but hoard them. Christina Ng, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2021 While the idea of a menstrual product shortage may incite panic, supply chain experts urge consumers not to hoard products. Sarah Swetlik | Sswetlik@al.com, al, 16 June 2022 Humans are not designed to hoard a lot of information for retrieval at an undetermined time in the future. David James, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Another threat to global supplies, experts say, is that countries will hoard their own food stocks. New York Times, 24 May 2022 In 2021, merchants began to hoard stuff like sugar, flour, and cooking gas cylinders. Quartz, 3 May 2022 And cities like Boston hoard not just money and jobs, but influence. Kara Miller, BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hoard.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of hoard

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

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

Learn More About hoard

Time Traveler for hoard

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near hoard




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for hoard

Last Updated

21 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Hoard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoard. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for hoard


\ 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


hoarded; hoarding

Kids Definition of hoard (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from hoard

hoarder noun

More from Merriam-Webster on hoard

Nglish: Translation of hoard for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of hoard for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!