hoarding

noun (1)
hoard·​ing | \ ˈhȯr-diŋ How to pronounce hoarding (audio) \
plural hoardings

Definition of hoarding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the practice of collecting or accumulating something (such as money or food) The hoarding and misuse of resources was uncommon even in times of natural disaster …— Tanvi Nagpal
b : something that is hoarded usually plural Inside the net with us was a large brown paper bag, spewing forth the Halloween hoardings of the child in the gorilla suit …— John Irving
2 psychology : the compulsion to continually accumulate a variety of items that are often considered useless or worthless by others accompanied by an inability to discard the items without great distress Hoarding is marked by an overwhelming desire to collect items and an inability to discard things that may seem useless, to such a point that the collections cause stress and start impacting a person's health, career or relationships.— Erin Allday People justify hoarding as curating and recycling, deeming odd objects beautiful and useful.— Peter D. Kramer — see also hoarding disorder

hoarding

noun (2)
plural hoardings

Definition of hoarding (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a temporary board fence put about a building being erected or repaired

called also hoard

2 British : billboard

Examples of hoarding in a Sentence

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According to a 2011 study, approximately 3 to 5% of Americans have a hoarding disorder. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Hoarding disorder creates messy situation," 18 June 2019 Animal hoarding is far more complex than most would imagine, but this film handles it with care. Kimber Myers, latimes.com, "Review: Surprises from an animal hoarder in documentary ‘For the Birds’," 13 June 2019 Those nascent internet days also featured clever hoarding of thermal fax paper (!) and manning the lone Datebook email for at least 25 full-time writers, columnists and critics. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "SF Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik gets a big thank you and swell sendoff," 25 June 2019 Prosecutors said the extreme hoarding conditions in the home prevented Khafra from escaping. Michael Kunzelman, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland millionaire gets 9 years in death of man building nuclear bunker tunnels," 17 June 2019 Alanna Josephine Beneroff, from Northern New Jersey School: Pratt Institute Collection concept: I was inspired by my family home and the collecting/hoarding that occurs there. Vogue, "19 FIT, Pratt, and Parsons 2019 Graduates on Their Collections and the Future of Fashion," 22 May 2019 This KonMari Method, as Kondo's method came to be known, is Marie's genius approach to cutting your hoarding habits. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Can You Marie Kondo Your Dating Life?," 25 Mar. 2019 Thanking and donating items can alleviate the guilt associated with hoarding in a consumer culture. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Thrift Stores And Flea Markets Are Seeing An Influx Due To Marie Kondo," 15 Jan. 2019 What Is The KonMari Method? The KonMari Method is Marie's genius approach to helping your hoarding habits. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meet Marie Kondo, Star Of Tidying Up On Netflix," 5 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of hoarding

Noun (1)

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hoarding

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hoarding

noun
hoard·​ing | \ ˈhȯrd-iŋ How to pronounce hoarding (audio) \

Medical Definition of hoarding

: the compulsion to continually accumulate a variety of items that are often considered useless or worthless by others accompanied by an inability to discard the items without great distress Hoarding is marked by an overwhelming desire to collect items and an inability to discard things that may seem useless, to such a point that the collections cause stress and start impacting a person's health, career or relationships.— Erin Allday People justify hoarding as curating and recycling, deeming odd objects beautiful and useful.— Peter D. Kramer — see hoarding disorder

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