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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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

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 Harrogate is 25 miles from the village of Haworth, where the Brontë family lived, and both are within easy reach of both the moors and the dales. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Young Families Embrace Living in ‘Wuthering Heights Country’," 9 Aug. 2018 Each super-ship would take 48 hours to approach the terminal, moor, transfer cargo, and leave. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Offshore Mega-Terminals Are Coming Because Oil Supertankers Are Too Big for Our Ports," 14 Sep. 2018 Ideal trip: Long drives in the countryside, preferably across moors. John Schwartz, New York Times, "Audiobooks for Those Long Summer Drives, Without the Kids," 28 May 2018 Set in 1972, in an English village on the edge of a moor, the movie follows Julie and Andrew (Mickey Sumner and Ruben Crow), married small-time journalists who notice suspicious military activity in the area and take photographs. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Caught,’ a Couple Lets the Wrong Ones In," 29 Mar. 2018 Off-roading on the moors is on the weekend agenda. 13. Sarah Solomon, Town & Country, "25 Signs You Summer in Nantucket," 20 July 2017 From old-fashioned Lake District comfort and the Yorkshire moors, to Cornwall’s Atlantic coast, via luminous, marshy North Norfolk and the valleys of Wales, there’s a world at your feet. USA TODAY, "20 of Britain’s best hotels for walking," 6 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The best outcome could be Helge Ingstad permanently moored as a training vessel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Salvagers Raise a Sunken Norwegian Frigate," 5 Mar. 2019 It was moored at the end of a long dock in a busy marina with views of rocks bristling with cormorants, seagulls screeching overhead, and a bevy of ducks that arrived each morning for their share of the toast. Tara Conklin, Vogue, "After Divorce, Floating Another Chance at Love," 6 Feb. 2019 Wagner has always maintained that Wood probably got out of bed because the Splendour’s dinghy was knocking against the stern and the sound was keeping her up—a common annoyance for boaters moored at night. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 Their boat, moored a short walk away, is for short and long excursions. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Living Large in a Scandinavian Suburb," 3 Oct. 2018 Mighty ice breakers moored in their summer slumber are the only reminder of the bitter Baltic winters. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals," 18 Sep. 2018 The Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark, shown here moored in Fiji in 2014, embarked from China in late June bound for the South Pacific. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "Americans Return to Guadalcanal, This Time to Face Beijing," 8 Sep. 2018 Sheriff’s investigators have referred to a key witness statement from Marilyn Wayne, who happened to be in a boat moored 80 feet away at the time. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "What Really Happened to Natalie Wood?," 29 Nov. 2018 Thousands will stay on cruise ships moored nearby because there aren’t enough hotels. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "Global Leaders Converge on Pacific Island—Just Don’t Ask Them to Stay There," 12 Nov. 2018

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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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