horde

[hawrd, hohrd]
noun
1.
a large group, multitude, number, etc.; a mass or crowd: a horde of tourists.
2.
a tribe or troop of Asian nomads.
3.
any nomadic group.
4.
a moving pack or swarm of animals: A horde of mosquitoes invaded the camp.
verb (used without object), horded, hording.
5.
to gather in a horde: The prisoners horded together in the compound.

Origin:
1545–55; earlier also hord, hordaCzech, Polish horda < Ukrainian dialect gordá, Ukrainian ordá, Old Russian (orig. in Zolotaya orda the Golden Horde), via Mongolian or directly < Turkic ordu, orda royal residence or camp (later, any military encampment, army); cf. Urdu

hoard, horde.


1. mob, herd, throng.
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horde (hɔːd)
 
n
1.  a vast crowd; throng; mob
2.  a local group of people in a nomadic society
3.  a nomadic group of people, esp an Asiatic group
4.  a large moving mass of animals, esp insects
 
vb
5.  (intr) to form, move in, or live in a horde
 
usage  Horde is sometimes wrongly written where hoard is meant: a hoard (not horde) of gold coins

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horde
1555, from W. Turkic (cf. Tatar urda "horde," Turkish ordu "camp, army"), to Eng. via Polish, Fr., or Sp. The initial -h- seems to have been attached in Polish.
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Example sentences
Americans are prone to spending in times of plenty and hording in times of trouble.
The people's reliance on social cohesion initially prevented looting and the hording of food.
He also was hording all of the paper towels, so you had no choice but to reach his way.
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