From stock +‎ pile. Compare Proto-Germanic *stapulaz (post).


  • IPA(key): /ˈstɒkpaɪl/
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stockpile (plural stockpiles)

  1. A supply, especially a large one, of something kept for future use.
    • 2017 August 25, Aukkarapon Niyomyat, Panarat Thepgumpanat, “Thai junta seeks Yingluck's arrest as former PM skips court verdict”, in[1]:
      Under the rice subsidy program, Yingluck's administration paid farmers up to 50 percent more than market prices for their rice. The policy was popular with farmers but left Thailand with huge rice stockpiles and caused $8 billion in losses.



stockpile (third-person singular simple present stockpiles, present participle stockpiling, simple past and past participle stockpiled)

  1. To accumulate a stockpile.
    • 2008, Nick Cave (lyrics and music), “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!”, in Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds:
      He stockpiled weapons and took pot shots in the air / He feasted on their lovely bodies like a lunatic
    • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian[2]:
      He [Jeff Bezos] once suggested that, by paying college students on every Manhattan block to stockpile products in their apartments and to shuttle them up and down on bicycles, Amazon could edge towards near-instant delivery.


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