What does moor mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Moornoun

    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, moorlandverb

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

  3. moor, berth, tie upverb

    secure in or as if in a berth or dock

    "tie up the boat"

  4. moor, berth, wharfverb

    come into or dock at a wharf

    "the big ship wharfed in the evening"

  5. moorverb

    secure with cables or ropes

    "moor the boat"


  1. Moornoun

    A member of an ancient Berber people from Numidia.

  2. Moornoun

    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. Moornoun

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

  4. Moornoun

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

  5. Moornoun

    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. Etymology: 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”.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MOORnoun

    Etymology: moer, Dutch; modder, Teutonick, clay.

    While in her girlish age she kept sheep on the moor, it chanced that a London merchant passing by saw her, and liked her, begged her of her poor parents, and carried her to his home. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    In the great level near Thorny, several trees of oak and fir stand in firm earth below the moor. Matthew Hale.

    Let the marsh of Elsham Bruges tell,
    What colour were their waters that same day,
    And all the moor ’twixt Elversham and Dell. Fairy Qu.

    I shall answer that better than you can the getting up of the negro’s belly; the moor is with child by you. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Moorverb

    To fasten by anchors or otherwise.

    Etymology: morer, French.

    Three more fierce Eurus in his angry mood
    Dash’d on the shallows of the moving sand,
    And in mid ocean left them moor’d at hand. Dryden.

  3. To Moorverb

    To be fixed; to be stationed.

    Æneas gain’d Cajeta’s bay:
    At length on oozy ground his gallies moor,
    Their heads are turn’d to sea, their sterns to shore. Dryd.

    My vessel, driv’n by a strong gust of wind,
    Moor’d in a Chian creek. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

    He visited the top of Taurus and the famous Ararat, where Noah’s ark first moor’d. Scriblerus Club , Mart. Scrib.


  1. moor

    A moor is a type of landscape characterized by open, rolling, hilly terrain, often covered with heather, grass, and low shrubs. It is usually wet, rocky, and often poorly drained, due to high levels of peat and acid in the soil. Typical moors are found in cool and damp climates, such as in Great Britain, Ireland, and Scandinavian countries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moornoun

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

  2. Moornoun

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

  3. Moornoun

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

  4. Moornoun

    a game preserve consisting of moorland

  5. Moorverb

    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. Moorverb

    fig.: To secure, or fix firmly

  7. Moorverb

    to cast anchor; to become fast

  8. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. moor

    An upland swamp, boggy, with fresh water. Also, an open common.

Editors Contribution

  1. moor

    A large tract of untilled ground

    Submitted by cathi_b on May 26, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MOOR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Moor is ranked #12981 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Moor surname appeared 2,365 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Moor.

    78.8% or 1,864 total occurrences were White.
    12.3% or 293 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 70 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.8% or 67 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.4% or 57 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 14 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of moor in a Sentence

  1. Judah HaLevi:

    My heart in the East But the rest of me far in the West— How can I savor this life, even taste what I eat? How, in the bonds of the Moor, Zion chained to the Cross, Can I do what I’ve vowed to and must? Gladly I’d leave All the best of grand Spain For one glimpse of the ruined Shrine’s dust.

  2. Kerri Hurley:

    I owe Ben Moor a debt of gratitude because, if heaven forbid something had happened to my husband, I would never have talked to him again, and Ben Moor was that person who allowed me to speak to him.

  3. 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.

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  • مستنقع, بِرْكَة, مُسْتَنْقَع, سَبْخَةArabic
  • ermCatalan, Valencian
  • vřesovištěCzech
  • gwaunWelsh
  • hede, fortøjeDanish
  • anlegen, festmachen, MoorGerman
  • stepoEsperanto
  • páramo, amarrar, fijar, anclar, brezal, asegurar, atar, pantanoSpanish
  • rabaEstonian
  • ankkuroitua, ankkuroida, kiinnittyä, nummi, kiinnittääFinnish
  • lande, mouiller, bruyère, ancrer, amarrerFrench
  • móinteán, suigh, múráil, caorán, daingnigh, feistigh, fosaighIrish
  • sliabh, monadh, mòinteachScottish Gaelic
  • mocsár, ingovány, lápHungarian
  • amaragarIdo
  • heiði, mýriIcelandic
  • ancorare, landa, ancorarsi, brughiera, attraccareItalian
  • לַעֲגוֹןHebrew
  • 停泊, 荒野, 荒れ地Japanese
  • ტორფნარიGeorgian
  • loca fruticetis obsitaLatin
  • meren, aanmeren, verankeren, veen, aanleggenDutch
  • lyngheiNorwegian
  • charneca, atracarPortuguese
  • пу́стошь, крепи́ть, ве́ресковая пу́стошь, охо́тничье уго́дье, закрепи́ть, уча́сток для охо́ты, причалитьRussian
  • вријесиште, vrijesište, vresište, вресиштеSerbo-Croatian
  • förtöja, hedSwedish
  • kırTurkish
  • مورUrdu

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