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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.
Origin of hoard
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 from the web for hoards
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  • Those hoards of people are in on an plot that they managed to keep secret except from hoaxers.
  • hoards of dollars that seemed wasteful before last autumn's panic no longer seem quite so excessive.
  • hoards of bats cut through the mosquito-infested humid air.
  • All there seems to be are hoards of nasty journalists trying to make trouble.
  • Someone who hoards will not welcome any attempts by family and friends to help with de-cluttering.
  • Critics of the law suggest that hoards of dishonest people are clogging the courts with silly lawsuits over absurd disabilities.
  • At first, the natives looked upon the hoards of miners as temporary visitors.
  • Labor resources are famous for attracting hoards of animals.
British Dictionary definitions for hoards


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 hoards



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)).


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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