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 Participants who read articles about older Americans who can’t afford to retire tended to change their beliefs about resource-hoarding, and were more supportive of older individuals in general. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Older people are the one group egalitarians discriminate against," 22 Apr. 2021 First, the hoarding of vaccines does not help the West fight COVID-19. Kislaya Prasad, Fortune, "Unless the U.S. changes its vaccine policy, the world will look at us like hoarders," 4 Apr. 2021 There are a few items on the list that our readers have been stocking up on now that grocery-hoarding and purchase limits have become issues again in many regions. Maren Estrada, BGR, "These are the 8 coronavirus essentials everyone should stock up on, according to the CDC," 5 Mar. 2021 Over the course of eight, two-hour episodes, viewers will take a look inside of the lives of those living with and suffering from compulsive hoarding. oregonlive, "Hoarders Season 12, Episode 2 free live stream info, time, TV channel, how to watch online (3/29/21)," 29 Mar. 2021 The hoarding looms over Baghdad’s administrative district, known as the Green Zone. The Economist, "Trouble with the neighbours Iraqis are getting fed up with Iran," 27 Mar. 2021 Long after the toilet-paper hoarding subsided, people continued to stock up on firearms and ammunition as the pandemic continued. BostonGlobe.com, "Background checks and ‘blue cards’ show demand for guns still increasing in Rhode Island," 17 Mar. 2021 Grocery-hoarding of paper towels at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the US was nowhere near as bad as the run on toilet paper, and that continues to be the case. Maren Estrada, BGR, "These are the 8 coronavirus essentials everyone should stock up on, according to the CDC," 5 Mar. 2021 One of the catalysts for change was a run on toilet paper when Covid-19 stay-at-home, work-from-home and study-from-home mandates caused panic and hoarding. James Amburgey, Forbes, "How To Embrace Consumer Behavior Shifts In Times Of Crisis," 1 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 7 May. 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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