noun \ˈhərd\

: a group of animals that live or are kept together

: a large group of people

the herd : common people : people as a group

Full Definition of HERD

a :  a number of animals of one kind kept together under human control
b :  a congregation of gregarious wild animals
a (1) :  a group of people usually having a common bond <a herd of tourists> (2) :  a large assemblage of like things
b :  the undistinguished masses :  crowd <isolate the individual prophets from the herd — Norman Cousins>
herd·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of HERD

  1. The herd grazed peacefully in the pasture.
  2. A herd of shoppers waited anxiously for the store to open.

Origin of HERD

Middle English, from Old English heord; akin to Old High German herta herd, Middle Welsh cordd troop, Lithuanian kerdžius shepherd
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with HERD



: to gather and move (a group of animals)

: to move (people) in a group

: to form a group or move as a group

Full Definition of HERD

transitive verb
a :  to gather, lead, or drive as if in a herd <herded the children into the car>
b :  to keep or move (animals) together
:  to place in a group
intransitive verb
:  to assemble or move in a herd
:  to place oneself in a group :  associate

Examples of HERD

  1. The horses were herded into the corral.
  2. We left the hotel and were herded onto a bus.
  3. They herded the students into the auditorium.
  4. The commuters herded onto the train.

First Known Use of HERD

13th century

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