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 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Boats the size of the Magestic must moor more than one hundred yards out, as a flotilla of dinghies, rowed from the stern with a single oar, ferry goods to the dock. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Kesler was killed during World War II aboard the USS Oklahoma, while it was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Julia Rentsch, The Denver Post, "Remains of Berthoud man killed at Pearl Harbor during World War II identified at last," 7 June 2019 Gomez, who died aboard the USS Oklahoma moored at Pearl Harbor that fateful day in 1941, was buried at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery will full military honors under a sweltering afternoon sun Monday (June 3). Bob Warren,, "‘Prayers answered.’ Sailor’s remains come home to Slidell after 77 years," 3 June 2019 The ship moored at the dock, the Doris T, was almost full, but the Miss Lilie 1, which occupied the terminal’s second berth, was loading at the same time. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos recently said ships like the Viking Sigyn, the river cruise ship that provoked the deadly accident, should not be allowed to moor in the city center. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, "Venice, Budapest crashes renew debate on cruise ship safety, calls to restrict ships in Venice," 4 June 2019 Instruments moored in the Caribbean have detected that the Atlantic's massive ocean circulation system is slowing down. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "The Atlantic Ocean, explained," 18 Mar. 2019 During his tenure at the top of Renault and its alliance partner Nissan Motors Co., Mr. Ghosn broke through cultural and operational barriers that once kept auto makers moored to their native lands—a feat that many considered impossible at the time. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Curtain Falls on Carlos Ghosn’s Reign Atop Renault," 24 Jan. 2019 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

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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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