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[hawrd, hohrd] /hɔrd, hoʊrd/
a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.:
a vast hoard of silver.
verb (used with object)
to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place:
to hoard food during a shortage.
verb (used without object)
to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.
before 900; Middle English hord(e), Old English hord; cognate with Old Norse hodd, Old High German hort, Gothic huzd treasure; see hide1, hide2
Related forms
hoarder, noun
unhoarded, adjective
Can be confused
hoard, horde.
1. stockpile, reserve, cache, store, stock. Unabridged
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Examples for hoarded
  • They have hoarded all of the gold and silver but it will be to no avail.
  • Expect profits to be regularly reinvested into growing the company, not hoarded or dished out in dividends.
  • It became obvious that some players weren't playing fairly and hoarded points.
  • We found that they hoarded nuts and grains, slept all day, and scurried about at night.
  • In response to the financial crisis, corporations cut costs and acquisitions and hoarded cash.
  • As a result, efforts are duplicated and valuable information ends up being hoarded, not shared.
  • Either way, no oil is hoarded or somehow kept off the market.
  • Information, once closely hoarded in many industries, is becoming a commodity.
  • And when capital is hoarded, further bank failures become all the more likely.
  • The change has caused some confusion, and some people have even hoarded the old-fashioned bulbs.
British Dictionary definitions for hoarded


an accumulated store hidden away for future use
a cache of ancient coins, treasure, etc
to gather or accumulate (a hoard)
Derived Forms
hoarder, noun
Usage note
Hoard is sometimes wrongly written where horde is meant: hordes (not hoards) of tourists
Word Origin
Old English hord; related to Old Norse hodd, Gothic huzd, German Hort, Swedish hydda hut
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Word Origin and History for hoarded
O.E. hord "treasure, valuable stock or store," from P.Gmc. *khuzdan (cf. O.N. hodd, Ger. hort, Goth. huzd "treasure," lit. "hidden treasure"), from *kuzdho, probably from PIE base *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). The verb is from O.E. hordian.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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