- noun a store of something such as food or money, which has been collected
- verb to buy and store supplies of something essential that you think you will need in a crisis
- verb to buy and store goods in case of need
- verb to keep cash instead of investing it
Origin & History of “hoard”
Etymologically, a hoard is ‘that which one hides’. The word comes from a prehistoric Germanic *khuzdam, which was derived from the same base as the verb hide. (Hoarding (19th c.), incidentally, is not etymologically connected; it comes from an earlier hoard ‘fence’, which probably goes back via Old French hourd or hord to a prehistoric German form that also produced English hurdle (OE). Nor is the identically pronounced horde (16th c.) related: it goes back via polish horda to Turkish ordū ‘camp’, source also of Urdu (18th c.), etymologically the ‘language of the camp’.).