Definitions for Moormʊər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a tract of open, peaty wasteland, often overgrown with heath, common in high altitudes where drainage is poor; heath.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  2. a tract of land preserved for game.

Origin of moor:

bef. 900; ME more, OE mōr; c. OS mōr, MD moer, OHG muor, MLG mōr marsh



  1. to secure (a ship, boat, dirigible, etc.) in a particular place, as by cables and anchors or by lines.

  2. to fix firmly; secure.

  3. (v.i.)to moor a ship, small boat, etc.

  4. to be made secure by cables or the like.

Origin of moor:

1485–95; akin to OE mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring a ship; see marline


  1. a member of any of the groups of North African Arabs and Berbers who ruled parts of the Iberian Peninsula from the 8th century to 1492.

    Category: Peoples

  2. Archaic. any native of North Africa W of Egypt.

    Category: Peoples

Origin of Moor:

1350–1400; ME More < MF, var. of Maure < L Maurus < Gk Maûros

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Moor(noun)

    one of the Muslim people of north Africa; of mixed Arab and Berber descent; converted to Islam in the 8th century; conqueror of Spain in the 8th century

  2. moor, moorland(verb)

    open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss

  3. moor, berth, tie up(verb)

    secure in or as if in a berth or dock

    "tie up the boat"

  4. moor, berth, wharf(verb)

    come into or dock at a wharf

    "the big ship wharfed in the evening"

  5. moor(verb)

    secure with cables or ropes

    "moor the boat"


  1. Moor(Noun)

    A member of an ancient Berber people from Numidia.

  2. Moor(Noun)

    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.

  3. Moor(Noun)

    A Muslim or a person from the Middle East or Africa.

  4. Moor(Noun)

    A person of mixed Arab and Berber ancestry inhabiting the Mediterranean coastline of northwest Africa.

  5. Moor(Noun)

    A person of an ethnic group speaking the Hassaniya language, mainly inhabiting Western Sahara, Mauritania, and parts of neighbouring countries (Morocco, Mali, Senegal etc.).

  6. Origin: More, Maure; from the Latin Maurus, a Moor, meaning a Mauritanian, an inhabitant of Mauritania. Webster 1913 also says: Μαῦρος; confer μαῦρος black, dark. Confer {Morris} a dance, {Morocco}. Morris dance is from the moreys daunce, “Moorish dance”. The Moroccan connection is doubtful, as Morocco is from Marrakech, itself from the Berber murt 'n akush, “the country of God”.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moor(noun)

    one of a mixed race inhabiting Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli, chiefly along the coast and in towns

  2. Moor(noun)

    any individual of the swarthy races of Africa or Asia which have adopted the Mohammedan religion

  3. Moor(noun)

    an extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath

  4. Moor(noun)

    a game preserve consisting of moorland

  5. Moor(verb)

    to fix or secure, as a vessel, in a particular place by casting anchor, or by fastening with cables or chains; as, the vessel was moored in the stream; they moored the boat to the wharf

  6. Moor(verb)

    fig.: To secure, or fix firmly

  7. Moor(verb)

    to cast anchor; to become fast

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Moor' in Nouns Frequency: #2287

Anagrams of Moor

  1. room

  2. Moro

Translations for Moor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a large stretch of open, unfarmed land with poor soil often covered with heather, coarse grass etc.

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