noun (1)
\ ˈmu̇r How to pronounce moor (audio) \

Definition of moor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 chiefly British : an expanse of open rolling infertile land
2 : a boggy area especially : one that is peaty and dominated by grasses and sedges


moored; mooring; moors

Definition of moor (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make fast with or as if with cables, lines, or anchors : anchor

intransitive verb

1 : to secure a boat by mooring : anchor
2 : to be made fast


noun (2)
\ ˈmu̇r How to pronounce Moor (audio) \

Definition of Moor (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : one of the Arab and Berber conquerors of Spain
2 : berber

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Other Words from moor

Noun (2)

Moorish \ ˈmu̇r-​ish How to pronounce Moorish (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for moor

Synonyms: Noun (1)

campo, champaign, down(s), grassland, heath, lea (or ley), llano, pampa, plain, prairie, savanna (also savannah), steppe, tundra, veld (or veldt)

Synonyms: Verb

anchor, catch, clamp, fasten, fix, hitch, secure, set

Antonyms: Verb

loose, loosen, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen

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Examples of moor in a Sentence

Noun (1)

as she wanders the windswept moor, the novel's heroine vows that she will never marry the vicar a mysterious figure who was said to have haunted the moors of southwest England


We found a harbor and moored the boat there for the night. The boat was moored alongside the dock. We need to find a place to moor for the night.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since grouses depend on the greenery from the moors to survive, an infestation has the potential to wipe out the population. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Meghan Markle Won't Go Grouse-Hunting at Balmoral This Year," 16 Aug. 2019 Monday marked the opening of hunting season for red grouse (a close relative of our willow ptarmigan) throughout the moors of England, Scotland and Ireland. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Well-heeled Brits have the ‘Glorious Twelfth,’ but Alaska bird hunters have it better," 14 Aug. 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast Accommodations:Hotel Eilean Iarmain Day 8: Isle of Skye/Fort William This morning, meander across the moors on a gentle hike around Armadale Castle, the former home of Clan Donald. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 The paucity of loos on a mountain or moor is unavoidable, and to an extent one becomes inured to pulling down your pants in the countryside. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 Nor to hear the cry of North Atlantic winds, sweeping across moor and mountain. Barbara Mahany,, "‘Dreaming of Stones’: Poetry collection offers spiritual solace," 23 June 2019 North of Edinburgh lie the rolling moors and forbidding peaks of the Highlands, one of the last strongholds of Gaelic language and culture in Great Britain. Sarah Christensen, National Geographic, "Scotland: Land of Legends," 31 May 2019 The wild, windswept moors of northern England, where the Brontë sisters lived and set their novels, holds a fabled place in literary history. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Young Families Embrace Living in ‘Wuthering Heights Country’," 9 Aug. 2018 There are few parts of this hotel without a striking view of the moors or environs, and the Wi-Fi worked fine for us. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "A Driving Tour of Devon, England—on Perilously Narrow Roads," 30 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the time of the fire, the Conception was moored in Platts Harbor, north of Santa Cruz Island. Niraj Chokshi,, "Dozens missing as scuba trip ends in flames and a haunting plea," 2 Sep. 2019 At the time of the fire, the Conception was moored in Platts Harbor, north of Santa Cruz Island. New York Times, "California Boat Fire Kills at Least 20; Haunting Pleas as Flames Erupt," 2 Sep. 2019 Now, it is moored in Edinburgh as a popular tourist attraction. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family Really Travel," 10 Aug. 2019 In preparation, the 343-foot-long craft moored south of the Italian island of Capri, where the Making the Cut host 46, and her Tokio Hotel guitarist, 29, will celebrate their wedding. Peter Mikelbank,, "All About the Luxury Yacht Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz Will Charter for Their Wedding Celebration," 2 Aug. 2019 Photographer: Wei Leng Tay/Bloomberg The Seawolf, manufactured by Scheepswerf Smit, is moored close to a floating swimming pool. Yoojung Lee,, "A Solar-Powered Yacht Lights Up the Singapore Show," 13 Apr. 2019 The old retired boat was moored in a slough near Anacortes, Washington, in very poor condition, but Kehoe had big plans. Smithsonian, "John Steinbeck’s Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rules of Ecology," 22 Aug. 2019 Three years later, the Navy’s Sea Dragon helicopters, which stream cables that dislodge mines moored to the ocean floor, came under damning scrutiny. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Iran Has Hundreds of Naval Mines. U.S. Navy Minesweepers Find Old Dishwashers and Car Parts.," 9 Aug. 2019 In that early ocean-going era, that line ran seven-day cruises from South Florida that bounced around the nearby islands; one pitstop was an onshore beach party when ships moored off Grand Cayman. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Cruise Lines Are Putting So Much Money Into Private Islands," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of moor

Noun (1)

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


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moor

Noun (1)

Middle English mor, from Old English mōr; akin to Old High German muor moor


Middle English moren; akin to Middle Dutch meren, maren to tie, moor

Noun (2)

Middle English More, from Anglo-French, from Latin Maurus inhabitant of Mauretania

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English Language Learners Definition of moor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a broad area of open land that is not good for farming



English Language Learners Definition of moor (Entry 2 of 3)

: to hold (a boat or ship) in place with ropes or cables or with an anchor



English Language Learners Definition of Moor (Entry 3 of 3)

: a member of a group of North African Arab people who ruled parts of Spain from the eighth century until 1492


\ ˈmu̇r How to pronounce moor (audio) \

Kids Definition of moor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area of open land that is too wet or too poor for farming


moored; mooring

Kids Definition of moor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten in place with cables, lines, or anchors moor a boat

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