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hoard

[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 of hoard
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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  • Food hoarding is an offence and the food is commandeered and the hoarder punished.

    Women and War Work Helen Fraser
  • There have been those who have condemned the hoarder in the roundest of terms.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • He seems to have deviated from the common practice; to have been a hoarder in his first years, and a squanderer in his last.

  • He was considered eccentric and "a hoarder up of English gold."

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • Henriette often declares that he acts as if he were afraid of starving—he is such a hoarder for "rainy days."

  • Curtis is a hoarder, with an amazing capacity for heaping up that sort of information.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • But he now became what a young and gay Irishman seldom is--a hoarder of his earnings.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • I wonder if she was a hoarder, like me, who never have the heart to throw anything away?

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • No purchasers at execution sales but the creditor, or some hoarder of money.

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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