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 pluralInside 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 Consumer behavior researcher Kit Yarrow told Ars in March that toilet paper hoarding is at least partly an attempt to gain a sense of control when the world feels uncertain and dangerous. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: People who hoard toilet paper are just looking for a symbol of safety," 12 June 2020 The study looked at whether different personality traits were associated with toilet paper hoarding, and found stockpilers tended to be more anxious and fearful about the coming health threat compared with those who didn’t load up on the product. NBC News, "Who bought all the toilet paper? Study suggests who was most likely to stockpile during COVID-19," 12 June 2020 People falling in that category were the ones most likely to self-report either hoarding or panic-buying toilet paper. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Why are we hoarding toilet paper? It may be your personality type," 12 June 2020 In the frightening days before stay-at-home orders were issued, panicky purchases and toilet paper hoarding caused temporary shortages. oregonlive, "What did the pandemic teach about stocking up for an emergency? Plenty," 1 June 2020 Fans believed that Musk was only poking fun at the hoarding of toilet paper and Clorox wipes, not the dangers of a sickness that was cropping up everywhere. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Cult of Elon Is Cracking," 20 May 2020 Bummed out by empty store shelves and the hoarding of critical supplies by shoppers panicked over the coronavirus pandemic, a California man took to the streets over the weekend to get others to look out for their fellow man. Fox News, "California man runs toilet paper exchange on street corner as coronavirus leads to shortages," 18 Mar. 2020 Authorities in Australia warned against the hoarding of toilet paper, while China tightened restrictions on arrivals amid concern about cases being imported. Mike Debonis, BostonGlobe.com, "Congressional negotiators reach deal on roughly $8 billion in emergency coronavirus funds," 4 Mar. 2020 Authorities in Australia warned against the hoarding of toilet paper, while China tightened restrictions on arrivals to the country amid concern about new cases being imported. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Live updates: U.S. braces for more disruption as coronavirus jolts business; epidemic slows in China," 4 Mar. 2020

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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)

hourd, hoard hoarding

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The first known use of hoarding was in 1589

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“Hoarding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoarding. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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