- 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 is defined as a large open marsh land.
An example of moor is an expanse between two farm houses that doesn't drain well.
- Moor means to secure something in place.
An example of moor is dropping an anchor off the side of a boat.
- [often pl.] 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 (mooring 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.).
From French More, Maure, from Latin Maurus (“a Moor, meaning a Mauritanian, an inhabitant of Mauritania"), possibly from Ancient Greek ÎœÎ±á¿¦ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (Mauros), Î¼Î±Ï…ÏÏŒÏ‚ (mauros, “black, dark"), an aphetic form of á¼€Î¼Î±Ï…ÏÏŒÏ‚ (amauros, “dark, obscure")
- Alternative spelling of More.