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[hawrd, hohrd] /hɔrd, hoʊrd/
noun
1.
a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.:
a vast hoard of silver.
verb (used with object)
2.
to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place:
to hoard food during a shortage.
verb (used without object)
3.
to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.
Origin
900
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.
Synonyms
1. stockpile, reserve, cache, store, stock.
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Examples from the web for hoarder
  • On the off-chance that someone opens the dryer, they will think it doesn't work and that you are a hoarder.
  • Toward the end of the book, you say that during your research people opened up to you about their experiences with a hoarder.
  • The clutter often builds up to cause a safety and sanitary hazard to both the hoarder and the hoarder's community.
  • While it may be tempting to argue with a hoarder, this kind of direct confrontation rarely works.
  • He was rescued from a hoarder and has limited mobility in his rear legs.
British Dictionary definitions for hoarder

hoard

/hɔːd/
noun
1.
an accumulated store hidden away for future use
2.
a cache of ancient coins, treasure, etc
verb
3.
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 hoarder
n.

Old English hordere "treasurer," from hoard (n.). As "one who hoards," c.1500, from hoard (v.).

hoard

n.

Old English hord "treasure, valuable stock or store," from Proto-Germanic *huzdam (cf. Old Saxon hord "treasure, hidden or inmost place," Old Norse hodd, German Hort, Gothic huzd "treasure," literally "hidden treasure"), from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)).

v.

Old English hordian, cognate with Old High German gihurten, German gehorden, Gothic huzdjan, from the root of hoard (n.). Related: Hoarded; hoarding.

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