What does Moor mean?

Definitions for Moormʊər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Moor.

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

  8. Origin: [Prob. fr. D. marren to tie, fasten, or moor a ship. See Mar.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Moor

    mōōr, n. a large tract of untilled ground, often covered with heath, and having a poor, peaty soil: a heath.—ns. Moor′cock, Moor′fowl, the red grouse or heathcock found in moors; Moor′hen, the female moor-fowl: the water-hen; Moor′-ill (Scot.), a kind of disease among cattle—also Red-water.—adjs. Moor′ish, Moor′y, resembling a moor: sterile: marshy: boggy.—n. Moor′land, a tract of moor. [A.S. mór; Ice. mór, peat.]

  2. Moor

    mōōr, v.t. to fasten a ship by cable and anchor: to fix firmly.—v.i. to be fastened by cables or chains.—ns. Moor′age, a place for mooring; Moor′ing, act of mooring: that which serves to moor or confine a ship: in pl. the place or condition of a ship thus moored. [Prob. Dut. marren, to tie, allied to A.S. merran (in compound ámierran), Old High Ger. marrjan, to hinder.]

  3. Moor

    mōōr, n. a member of the dark mixed Mauretanian and Arab race inhabiting Morocco and the Barbary coast: one of the Arab and Berber conquerors and occupants of Spain from 711 to 1492—same as Arab or Saracen: a dark-coloured person generally, a negro.—n. Moor′ery, a quarter inhabited by Moors.—adj. Moor′ish. [Fr. more, maure—L. maurus—Gr. mauros, black.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Moor in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Moor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rasikh Barkat:

    Right now, there is massive erosion in the villages along the shoreline. Fishermen complained to us that they didn’t have enough space to moor their boats. Buildings along the shorelines are caving in, also, rice fields at the back of the villages are affected because sea water is intruding into them due to failure of coastal aquifers. The entire area coastline will be inundated if the sea level rises above 1 meter.

  2. J.W.N. Sullivan:

    For every living creature that succeeds in getting a footing in life there are thousands or millions that perish. There is an enormous random scattering for every seed that comes to life. This does not remind us of intelligent human design. "If a man in order to shoot a hare, were to discharge thousands of guns on a great moor in all possible directions; if in order to get into a locked room, he were to buy ten thousand casual keys, and try them all; if, in order to have a house, he were to build a town, and leave all the other houses to wind and weather - assuredly no one would call such proceedings purposeful and still less would anyone conjecture behind these proceedings a higher wisdom, unrevealed reasons, and superior prudence."

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Translations for Moor

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • بِرْكَة, مُسْتَنْقَع, سَبْخَة, مستنقعArabic
  • ermCatalan, Valencian
  • vřesovištěCzech
  • gwaunWelsh
  • fortøje, hedeDanish
  • anlegen, Moor, festmachenGerman
  • stepoEsperanto
  • asegurar, atar, pantano, anclar, fijar, amarrar, páramo, brezalSpanish
  • rabaEstonian
  • kiinnittää, kiinnittyä, ankkuroitua, nummi, ankkuroidaFinnish
  • bruyère, ancrer, amarrer, mouiller, landeFrench
  • feistigh, móinteán, suigh, daingnigh, fosaigh, caorán, múráilIrish
  • sliabh, mòinteach, monadhScottish Gaelic
  • láp, ingovány, mocsárHungarian
  • amaragarIdo
  • mýri, heiðiIcelandic
  • ancorarsi, brughiera, attraccare, ancorare, landaItalian
  • 停泊, 荒れ地, 荒野Japanese
  • ტორფნარიGeorgian
  • loca fruticetis obsitaLatin
  • verankeren, aanleggen, veen, aanmeren, merenDutch
  • lyngheiNorwegian
  • atracar, charnecaPortuguese
  • ве́ресковая пу́стошь, уча́сток для охо́ты, крепи́ть, пу́стошь, закрепи́ть, охо́тничье уго́дье, причалитьRussian
  • vresište, вресиште, вријесиште, vrijesišteSerbo-Croatian
  • hed, förtöjaSwedish
  • kırTurkish

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