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 To find a therapist in your area who specializes in hoarding behaviors visit psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/hoarding/kentucky. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 2 June 2021 The price spikes are the mechanism that discourages gasoline hoarding and helps stretch the remaining supplies. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Personal hoarding affected our ability to buy toilet paper and yeast last year, changes in travel are affecting availability of rental cars, and semiconductor chips are in short supply because of silicon plant production changes. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 1 May 2021 My hoarding tendency has paid off in these tethered times. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021 Last week's complete shutdown of the crucial pipeline led to panic-buying and widespread gas station outages in the Southeast and prompted oil industry executives to warn that gas hoarding was worsening the supply crunch. Jamie Crawford, CNN, 15 May 2021 And the now week-old disruption of operations has triggered gasoline supply shortages, hoarding and price spikes prices across the eastern US. Roger Conrad, Forbes, 15 May 2021 That kind of hoarding has long mystified immunologists. Monique Brouillette, Scientific American, 31 Mar. 2021 Rushes of grocery hoarding have been periodically sweeping the nation ever since the coronavirus pandemic first began. Maren Estrada, BGR, 2 Mar. 2021

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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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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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