hoard·​er ˈhȯr-dər How to pronounce hoarder (audio)
plural hoarders
: a person or animal that hoards
We love shopping, and logically so: we're planners and hoarders, and by stocking up on available goods now, we can weather lean times tomorrow.Natalie Angier
specifically : a person with hoarding disorder
She is someone who buys too much and doesn't throw anything away, even as the stuff piles up and impedes normal life—the textbook definition of a hoarder. Steven Kurutz
Most hoarders … know that their behavior is socially unacceptable and as a result actively conceal it from others. Sandra G. Boodman

Examples of hoarder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of our residents is very private, and possibly a hoarder. Jill Terreri Ramos, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 And hoarders in particular view themselves as frugal rather than nuts. Marni Jameson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Several dogs will need new homes after they were rescued from a Georgia hoarder, an animal nonprofit said. Makiya Seminera, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 2024 Like a Dyson Animal Vacuum, the super hoarder sucks everything — including but not limited to papers, books, clothes, jars, broken appliances and stray cats — to it and does not release. Marni Jameson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Contrary to the zero-sum claims of history-denying capital hoarders, a more just country is a more prosperous country, too. Roy Swan, Fortune, 15 Jan. 2024 Such feeders are effectively outdoor-cat hoarders, akin to the people who hoard cats in their dwellings. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 Dear Sahaj: My daughter and her husband are hoarders. Sahaj Kaur Kohli, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 Danny DeVito plays a hoarder on Broadway, Jimmy Buffett’s final album is released, Meg Ryan and David Duchovny get stranded at the airport and more. Wsj Arts, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoarder was circa 1513

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“Hoarder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoarder. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


hoard·​er ˈhȯrd-ər How to pronounce hoarder (audio)
: a person affected with hoarding disorder
Most hoarders … know that their behavior is socially unacceptable and as a result actively conceal it from others.Sandra G. Boodman

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