hoard

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • verb to buy and store goods in case of need

Banking

  • 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’.).
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