Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hidden fund or supply stored for future use; a cache.
  • intransitive v. To gather or accumulate a hoard.
  • transitive v. To accumulate a hoard of.
  • transitive v. To keep hidden or private.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hidden, secret supply or fund.
  • n. A cache of valuable objects or artefacts; a trove.
  • v. To amass, usually for one's personal collection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See hoarding, 2.
  • n. A store, stock, or quantity of anything accumulated or laid up; a hidden supply; a treasure
  • transitive v. To collect and lay up; to amass and deposit in secret; to store secretly, or for the sake of keeping and accumulating.
  • intransitive v. To lay up a store or hoard, as of money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A treasure; a fund; a stock or store laid by; an accumulation of something for preservation or future use; hence, any mass of things preserved by being deposited together.
  • n. A hoarding-place; a treasure-house or treasury.
  • n. A place of retirement or concealment; a closet or cabinet; a lurking-place.
  • To treasure up; collect and store; amass and deposit for preservation or security, or for future use; store; lay up: often followed by up.
  • To gather and save; lay up store.
  • n. Same as hoarding.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a secret store of valuables or money
  • v. save up as for future use
  • v. get or gather together

Etymologies

Middle English hord, from Old English; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hord. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "This inclination to hoard is deeply ingrained in me, because in the past, in times of scarcity, you took what you could get," Merkel said, referring to former times under communism when people would stand in line for hours to buy a few bananas or oranges.

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  • On the other hand, maybe the cash hoard is stuck oveseas and they have trouble repratriating it without paying significant taxes.

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  • I agree with Paul that you have painted a wonderful character fully in the round, and, yes, possibly the wording about the hoard is slightly illogical, but I disagree with him about her giving away the note.

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  • My point, before I again plumb the depths of my word hoard, and layer some plot onto this thing, and make sure I have committed every possible act of cruelty against these characters, is, I'll see you on the other side.

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  • Kaylin's understanding of the Dragon term hoard wasn't exact, but time had made clear that it meant 'touch any of my stuff and die horribly'.

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  • I think hiding your hoard is worth a post of it's own at a later date.

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  • But I know that the main reason I hold onto this ever-increasing hoard is a sort of voluptuous greed.

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  • Immoderate labour, that we may have to hoard, is our sin and folly.

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  • Someone also pointed out a few years ago that during the listing of treasure in a hoard is a good time to sprinkle in some setting info as well, since you almost always have everyone’s undivided attention.

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