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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.
an accumulated store hidden away for future use
a cache of ancient coins, treasure, etc
to gather or accumulate (a hoard)

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

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.


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