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noun (1)

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


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hoarded; hoarding; hoards

transitive verb

: to collect and often hide away a supply of : to accumulate a hoard (see hoard entry 1) of
hoarding food
: 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)


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noun (2)

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
In the recent past, at least, its cash hoard was roughly as large as its debts. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 31 Oct. 2022 Vietnam’s vast hoard of coffee beans is shrinking, a phenomenon that’s set to push rising global prices even higher. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2022 The Federal Reserve is helping to boost Treasury yields by selling its vast hoard of U.S. government bonds, and some foreign buyers are doing that, too. Larry Light, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2022 Berkshire barely made a dent in its cash hoard, reporting $105.4 billion compared to the $106 billion at the end of March. Max Reyes, Fortune, 6 Aug. 2022 But those deals are peanuts compared with what Apple might soon us its $28 billion cash hoard to nab. Mike Ozanian, Forbes, 5 July 2022 That cash hoard is partly a legacy of the time when Robinhood had to scramble to meet its obligations in early 2021 during the meme-stock surge. Telis Demos, WSJ, 14 Aug. 2022 Highlights include the Solberga hoard, discovered by two boys in 1955 and featuring more than 2,000 coins and pieces of jewelry. David Nikel, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Team USA ended Sunday with a hoard of medals, taking a commanding lead in the medal count. oregonlive, 17 July 2022
For citizens of the global north, who hoard wealth and power—at the expense of the planet itself—Future Library may offer a lesson long overdue. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 14 Oct. 2022 These weeks in September always give us more than enough beauty inspiration to hoard for the fall and winter. Allure Staff, Allure, 22 Sep. 2022 The fear of global conflict — regardless of whether nuclear arms could be involved — and the food insecurity that would result could lead countries to further limit exports or hoard food supplies. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2022 As the boggy barriers between land and sea, coastal marshes hoard sediment, building vertically to stay above the rising ocean. Jack Tamisiea, WIRED, 24 Sep. 2022 Fresh from seeing rich countries hoard covid vaccines, African and Asian nations have been working to develop new pharmaceutical hubs and partnerships, have the capacity to tackle future health emergencies independently. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 1 Sep. 2022 Writing Peep Show with Sam [Bain], we were given good advice at some point to not try and hoard your material as a writer. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Aug. 2022 And, most importantly, the cash hoard and inexpensive current valuation provide plenty of comfort for those of us with a value-investing bias. John Buckingham, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 And member states would not be permitted to hoard natural gas for national use in their storage facilities when others are suffering shortages. New York Times, 26 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun (1) and Verb

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hoard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoard. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: a hidden supply or fund stored up
hoard verb
hoarder noun

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