hoard

noun (1)
\ ˈhȯrd How to pronounce hoard (audio) \
plural hoards

Definition of hoard

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a supply or fund stored up and often hidden away a hoard of cash

hoard

verb
hoarded; hoarding; hoards

Definition of hoard (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to collect and often hide away a supply of : to accumulate a hoard (see hoard entry 1) of hoarding food
2 : to keep (something, such as one's thoughts) to oneself she hoarded her intention— Virginia Woolf the people outside disperse their affections, you hoard yours, you nurse them into intensity— Joseph Conrad

intransitive verb

: to collect and often hide away a supply of something specifically : to engage in compulsive hoarding One thing people who hoard have in common is a skewed perceived value of possessions. My Edmonds News (Edmonds, Washington)

hoard

noun (2)
plural hoards

Definition of hoard (Entry 3 of 3)

: a temporary board fence put around a building being erected or repaired : hoarding entry 2 sense 1

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Examples of hoard in a Sentence

Noun (1) a squirrel's hoard of nuts keeps a hoard of empty yogurt containers in his basement workshop for storing whatnots Verb he's been hoarding empty yogurt containers all winter, with the intention of using them to start seedlings in the spring
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That mixed with a hoard of options activity from retail day traders made for a heady cocktail. Sarah Ponczek, Bloomberg.com, "A Week Like This Was a Long Time Coming for Day-Trader Faithful," 4 Sep. 2020 In 2016, another metal detectorist found a hoard of Viking artifacts. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Using a Metal Detector, 10-Year-Old Boy Finds Centuries-Old Sword in Northern Ireland," 24 Aug. 2020 So the hoard of 425 gold coins was stowed in a clay jar, its lid secured with a nail, and stashed in the sands of what is now central Israel. Marc Santora, New York Times, "1,100-Year-Old Treasure Is Unearthed by Teenagers in Israel," 24 Aug. 2020 Per BBC News, the hoard consists of full gold dinars and 270 small gold cuttings, which were sliced off of the dinars to act as smaller denominations. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Israeli Teens Discover Trove of 1,100-Year-Old Gold Coins," 26 Aug. 2020 Its appearance in an Islamic coin hoard offers proof of the continuous connections between the two rival empires during this period, scholars say. Marc Santora, New York Times, "1,100-Year-Old Treasure Is Unearthed by Teenagers in Israel," 24 Aug. 2020 Over the course of a 22-day excavation, the researchers uncovered a hoard of 3,000-year-old objects, including a sword still in its scabbard, chariot wheel axle caps and an entire horse harness, reports Amy Woodyatt for CNN. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rare Bronze Age Sword, Horse Harness Unearthed in Scotland," 12 Aug. 2020 Crack open a cold beverage, and immediately start fending off a hoard of curious insects trying to steal a sip. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "3 natural, DEET-free ways to keep mosquitoes and other bugs from biting you and from landing in your drink this summer," 3 Aug. 2020 Other collectors had amassed more impressive caches of Pac-Man memorabilia than Crist’s hoard, which today includes Pac-Man plush toys, school supplies, a joke book, and even a full-sized arcade cabinet. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Players Around the World Gobbled Up Pac-Man," 22 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In short, Citigroup is a major conglomerate, doing major conglomerate things in an endless quest to generate and hoard wealth. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "So What If Citigroup Chose The First Woman To Be CEO Of A Major Wall Street Bank?," 10 Sep. 2020 Because his time with his son is precious — and fleeting — your guy wants to hoard it. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Dad seems to vie for his son’s attention," 6 Sep. 2020 Because his time with his son is precious – and fleeting – your guy wants to hoard it. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Dad seems to vie for his son’s attention," 6 Sep. 2020 Because his time with his son is precious — and fleeting — your guy wants to hoard it. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Single dad seems jealous over young son’s warming to girlfriend," 6 Sep. 2020 Because his time with his son is precious — and fleeting — your guy wants to hoard it. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Dad seems to vie for his son’s attention," 6 Sep. 2020 Because his time with his son is precious — and fleeting — your guy wants to hoard it. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Dad seems to vie for his son's attention," 4 Sep. 2020 Even if the one of the US deals leads to an effective vaccine and the country is able to hoard doses, the result could mean limited access in other parts of the world. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Shortsighted” and “Self-defeating”: US rejects global COVID-19 vaccine effort," 1 Sep. 2020 Power cuts have also increased, as the government struggles to secure fuel and diesel, while grocery stores began imposing a limit on how many items customers can buy amid a rush to hoard basic goods. Washington Post, "Lebanese major retailers to shut down amid economic crisis," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of hoard

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1757, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoard

Noun (1) and Verb

Middle English hord, from Old English; akin to Goth huzd treasure, Old English hȳdan to hide

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The first known use of hoard was before the 12th century

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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hoard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoard. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for hoard

hoard

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hoard

: to collect and hide a large amount of (something valuable)

hoard

noun
\ ˈhȯrd How to pronounce hoard (audio) \

Kids Definition of hoard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a supply usually of something of value stored away or hidden

hoard

verb
hoarded; hoarding

Kids Definition of hoard (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather and store away Squirrels hoard nuts for winter.

Other Words from hoard

hoarder noun

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