hoarding

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noun (1)

hoard·​ing ˈhȯr-diŋ How to pronounce hoarding (audio)
plural hoardings
1
a
: 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

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noun (2)

plural hoardings
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
Export restrictions tend to be contagious, triggering panic buying and domestic food hoarding in a process resembling a bank run. Zach Helder, Foreign Affairs, 22 Mar. 2024 The canines had been part of an animal abuse and hoarding case, in which a couple, identified as Nyal and Renee Piper, were accused of taking in dozens of animals and neglecting them, according to WTAJ and the Associated Press. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024 If this is a case of hoarding — which is classified as a mental disorder and protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act — the court might require some accommodations, such as extra time to resolve the issues at hand. Jill Terreri Ramos, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Trump faces two federal criminal cases brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith – one over his alleged hoarding of classified documents after leaving office and another over his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the lead up to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 2 Mar. 2024 The hoarding pattern starts by getting too much stuff. Marni Jameson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Recent toilet-paper hoarding was more prevalent among Americans than Europeans and more prevalent among the old than the young. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 28 Feb. 2024 For retail, barcode scanners and inventory management software can prevent unnecessary hoarding of surplus stock and warehousing costs. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Read more about the pitfalls of talent hoarding—and how to avoid them—here. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (2)

hourd, hoard hoarding

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoarding was in 1589

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Cite this Entry

“Hoarding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoarding. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

hoarding

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