- Moor is defined as a large open marsh land.
An example of moor is an expanse between two farm houses that doesn't drain well.
- The definition of a moor is a member of a Muslim people of Berber and Arab descent living in Northwest Africa.
An example of moor is the hero Othello in Shakespeare's play.
- Moor means to secure something in place.
An example of moor is dropping an anchor off the side of a boat.
- a tract of open, rolling wasteland, usually covered with heather and often marshy or peaty; heath
- a tract of land with game preserves
Origin of moorMiddle English more ; from Old English mor, wasteland, akin to Low German mor ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mori-, sea from source marsh, mere, Classical Latin mare, sea: basic sense “swampy coastland”
- to hold (a ship, etc.) in place by cables or chains attached as to a pier or special buoy (), or by two anchors
- to cause to be held in place; secure
Origin of moorEarly Modern English ; from or akin to Middle Dutch maren, Low German moren, to tie
- to moor a ship, etc.
- to be secured as by cables
- a member of a Muslim people of mixed Arab and Berber descent living in NW Africa
- a member of a group from this people that invaded and occupied Spain in the 8th cent.
Origin of MoorMiddle English More ; from Old French More, Maure ; from Classical Latin Maurus, a Moor, Mauritanian ; from Classical Greek Mauros
verbmoored, moor·ing, moors
- To make fast (a vessel, for example) by means of cables, anchors, or lines: moor a ship to a dock; a dirigible moored to a tower.
- To fix in place; secure: a mailbox moored to the sidewalk with bolts. See Synonyms at fasten.
- To provide with an abiding emotional attachment: a politician moored to the family back home.
- To secure a vessel or aircraft with lines or anchors.
- To be secured with lines or anchors: The freighter moored alongside the wharf.
Origin of moorMiddle English moren.
Origin of moorMiddle English mor, from Old English mōr.
- A member of a traditionally Muslim people of mixed Berber and Arab ancestry, now living chiefly in northwest Africa.
- One of the Muslims who invaded Spain in the 8th century and established a civilization in Andalusia that lasted until the late 15th century.
Origin of MoorMiddle English More, from Old French, from Medieval Latin Mōrus, from Latin Maurus, Mauritanian, from Greek Mauros.
(third-person singular simple present moors, present participle mooring, simple past and past participle moored)
From the imperfect past participle moored; present participle and verbal noun mooring. Probably from middle Dutch marren "to tie, fasten or moor a ship" (now only means to procrastinate; > modern terms (aan)meren). See mar.
- (historical) A member of an ancient Berber people from Numidia.
- (historical) A member of an Islamic people of Arab or Berber origin ruling Spain and parts of North Africa from the 8th to the 15th centuries.
- (archaic) A Muslim or a person from the Middle East or Africa.
- (dated) A person of mixed Arab and Berber ancestry inhabiting the Mediterranean coastline of northwest Africa.
- A person of an ethnic group speaking the Hassaniya language, mainly inhabiting Western Sahara, Mauritania, and parts of neighbouring countries (Morocco, Mali, Senegal etc.).