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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This contributed to the usual hoarding and other panicked responses, which just exacerbate the problem. Kathryn Judge, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 For Nicholson, the primary advantage of joining has been reducing unnecessary purchases and hoarding of tools and other items in his home. Dia Gill, Chicago Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 Vincent Stephens, a case manager with People Assisting the Homeless, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles, said people with hoarding disorders are some of the most challenging cases to handle. Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 For ten years, Andrew Cuomo dominated New York politics through force of personality and the hoarding of power. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 29 June 2022 The result: empty shelves, which left vulnerable children, especially those in low-income families, deprived of key nutrition, and hoarding, which adds intense pressure on existing supplies — both completely predictable. Rita Numerof, Forbes, 10 June 2022 The Biden White House has blamed inflation on everything from supply chains to corporate profit-hoarding to Vladimir Putin. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 6 June 2022 To try to boost supply, the agency is meeting with manufacturers regularly to discuss capacity and output while asking retailers to limit purchases to prevent hoarding. Arkansas Online, 14 May 2022 And for all the credit given Oklahoma City Thunder and the genius of Sam Presti for hoarding selections, the payoff — if there is to be a payoff — appears years away. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 16 July 2022 See More

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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

Noun (2)

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“Hoarding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoarding. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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