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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The existence of Johnson's hoard, numbering over a hundred in total, was revealed in April. Aaron Calvin, USA TODAY, "A treasure trove of muscle cars: Iowa man sells nearly 100 vehicles after decades of collecting," 16 Sep. 2019 The expedition, organized by Israel Finkelstein of Tel Aviv University, had the makings of a Mummy screenplay—an undisturbed 3,600-year-old Canaanite tomb; three intact skeletons; and a hoard of gold and silver jewelry. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Delicious, Ancient History of Chocolate and Vanilla," 11 July 2019 But unlike other teams that prefer to bide time and hoard draft picks, the Heat prefer to play it out to a roster’s maximum capability. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is One Last Dance 2.0 on the way?," 10 Aug. 2019 The central bank could try to get rates up by stopping its purchases of government bonds or even selling some of its nearly $5 trillion hoard. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Japan’s Banks Pinched by Zero-Yield Experiment," 26 June 2019 There were, of course, hoards of people — tourists, business people, flight attendants — stuck in New York that week, not to mention scared residents holed up in their apartments worrying about the future. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘Come From Away’ and the amazing events on Broadway on Sept. 13, 2001," 23 July 2019 In Boom, townspeople wave as hoards of bikes, cars, shuttles, and pedestrians infiltrate their otherwise quiet municipality, where the population hovers around 18,000 during every month besides July. Brittany Gaston, Billboard, "15 Years In, Tomorrowland Is a Spectacle of Both Massive Size and Thoughtful Detail," 23 July 2019 The group was seen by some in the A.I. community as an important counterbalance to large technology corporations that have snapped up talent and used their computing power and huge data hoards to leap ahead in the field. Fortune, "Microsoft Invests $1 Billion in Partnership with Elon Musk’s OpenAI," 22 July 2019 The group was seen by some in the AI community as an important counterbalance to large technology corporations that have snapped up talent and used their computing power and huge data hoards to leap ahead in the field. Dina Bassbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Microsoft to invest $1 billion in OpenAI," 22 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Being born during the depression shaped Joe's formative years and resulted in a lifetime of frugality, hoarding and cheap mischief, often at the expense of others. courant.com, "Joseph Heller," 12 Sep. 2019 Still, that hedge funds are making money hoarding the carbon-emissions credits and driving up the cost of electricity at a time when Europeans need it to keep cool is likely to burn more than few. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Hedge funds are making millions off Europe's killer heat waves," 20 Aug. 2019 If history is any guide, many tech companies and health care organizations will feel the pull to follow similar paths by hoarding medical data for their own AI systems. Jeremy Hsu, Quartz, "Artificial intelligence could globally revolutionize health care—unless it destroys it," 2 Aug. 2019 Great timing, given that Netflix and its ilk are on a desperate hunt for children’s programming as Disney hoards its content for Disney+, a $6.99-per-month streamer set to launch in November. Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Hasbro's $4 Billion Studio Buy May Trigger More Media Mergers," 23 Aug. 2019 The 28-year-old gardener, who had been collecting and hoarding other oddities for a number of years, stumbled on the collection a week earlier while browsing on eBay. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 Or perhaps its creators have just seen one-too-many themed pop-up bars hoarding all the local attention. John Wenzel, The Know, "Ruin your fondest childhood memories at “Harry Potter & the Mysterious Merkin” burlesque show," 19 Aug. 2019 Faced with starvation, the body hoards calories as fat. Alex Kuczynski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Silicon Valley's Dangerous New Obsession With Fasting," 17 Aug. 2019 This has led some to criticize Dish as a bad player in the industry for hoarding spectrum without any clear plan or purpose. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Dish reportedly reaches deal with T-Mobile and Sprint to become the new fourth major US carrier," 24 July 2019

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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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of hoard

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


\ 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

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