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1herd

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

1
a :  a number of animals of one kind kept together under human control
b :  a congregation of gregarious wild animals
2
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
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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

2herd

verb

: 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
1
a :  to gather, lead, or drive as if in a herd <herded the children into the car>
b :  to keep or move (animals) together
2
:  to place in a group
intransitive verb
1
:  to assemble or move in a herd
2
:  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

Related to HERD

HERDLIKE Defined for Kids

1herd

noun \ˈhərd\

Definition of HERD for Kids

:  a number of animals of one kind kept or living together <a herd of cows>

2herd

verb
herd·edherd·ing

Definition of HERD for Kids

:  to gather and move as a group <herd cattle>
herd·er \ˈhərd-ər\ noun

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