Downs vs Moor - What's the difference?

downs | moor |

As a proper noun downs

is (sussex) the south downs.

As a noun moor is

(historical) a member of an ancient berber people from numidia.




  • Verb

  • (down)
  • moor


    Usage notes

    (more) is not a homophone in Northern UK accents, while (mooer) is homophonous only in those accents.

    Etymology 1

    (etyl) . See (m).


    (en noun)
  • an extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath
  • A cold, biting wind blew across the moor , and the travellers hastened their step.
  • * Carew
  • In her girlish age she kept sheep on the moor .
  • a game preserve consisting of moorland
  • Derived terms
    * moorland * moortop
    See also
    * bog * marsh * swamp

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To cast anchor or become fastened.
  • (nautical) 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 .
  • To secure or fix firmly.