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


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)


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 One morning, a Group member who edited the paper, Peter Miller, got a call from a former mayor of the town of Heber Springs, offering him a hoard of historical images. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 13 July 2021 The hoard of cash held by U.S. companies is a key comfort for U.S. investors, despite worries that the spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus could dent the burgeoning recovery. Hardika Singh, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2021 Luna La is Julien's friend and stylist who makes sure the queen of Constance Billard always looks good for her hoard of Instagram followers. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 15 July 2021 And Apple, which has been dipping its toe in entertainment, still has a massive cash hoard. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 The hoard’s purpose is unclear, as coins were generally not used as currency in first-century B.C. Britain. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2021 Surprise, not everyone loves the presence of a hoard of complaining elderly men. Liana Satenstei, Vogue, 22 June 2021 Companies have lost collective corporate memories, a hoard of rich experiences and real wisdom. Greg Story, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Should the person—or persons—behind the name Satoshi Nakamoto decide to sell just some of this hoard, the transaction would completely upend the cryptocurrency market. Rebecca Baldridge, Robb Report, 22 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Of course, the big question is which variants will be big problems and which ones will make people hoard toilet paper again. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 That said, the installation makes a case for why collectors should donate their collections to museums and not hoard them in private foundations. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Colbert also warned consumers not to hoard items at the grocery store, and was alarmed by reports that Americans are also stocking up on guns and ammunition. oregonlive, 12 Aug. 2021 Today, Google, Facebook and other internet sites hoard and block our sources of energy. Reed Anfinson, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 For international events, this poses numerous issues, particularly with regard to what types of vaccines are considered eligible and the inability for much of the world to access vaccines while wealthy nations hoard supplies. Robert Hart, Forbes, 21 June 2021 This latter claim led some uninfected people to hoard the drug, take it, and tragically caused at least one person to die from an overdose. Ezekiel Emanuel, CNN, 5 May 2021 Indonesia will take stern action against those who flout restrictions, including shutting businesses, and have asked the police to investigate those who hoard drugs and manipulate their prices for profit, Panjaitan said in a Monday briefing. Rieka Rahadiana, Bloomberg.com, 5 July 2021 The White House has also been keen to frame climate action as a profitable opportunity for U.S. companies to hoard valuable green intellectual property and outcompete the administration’s geopolitical rivals. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of hoard

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


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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“Hoard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoard. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hoard

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


\ 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


hoarded; hoarding

Kids Definition of hoard (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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