'Hoard' or 'horde'?

Hoard and horde sound the same, and one is sometimes confused with the other. However, they have different meanings.

As a noun, hoard means 'a stockpile of something hidden away for future use', usually money or something valued:

Archaeologists found a hoard of treasures in an Egyptian tomb.

Hoard can also be used as a verb meaning 'to accumulate a large quantity of something', for example:

Fearing a natural disaster, he hoarded enough canned goods and bottled water to fill a large shed.

The noun horde describes (usually in a negative sense) a large group of people, as in:

The store was filled with hordes of people pushing and shoving to get at the sale items.


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