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herd

noun \ ˈhərd \

Definition of herd

1 a :a typically large group of animals of one kind kept together under human control
  • a herd of cattle
b :a congregation of gregarious wild animals
  • herds of antelopes
2 a (1) :a group of people usually having a common bond
  • a herd of tourists
(2) :a large assemblage of like things
  • herds of cars
b :the undistinguished masses :crowd
  • isolate the individual prophets from the herd
  • —Norman Cousins

herdlike

play \ˈhərd-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of herd in a Sentence

  1. The herd grazed peacefully in the pasture.

  2. A herd of shoppers waited anxiously for the store to open.

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Origin and Etymology of herd

Middle English, from Old English heord; akin to Old High German herta herd, Middle Welsh cordd troop, Lithuanian kerdžius shepherd

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herd

verb

Definition of herd

transitive verb
1 a :to gather, lead, or drive as if in a herd (see 1herd 1a)
  • herded the children into the car
b :to keep or move (animals) together
  • dogs that are trained to herd sheep
2 :to place in a group
  • herd us with their kindred fools
  • —Jonathan Swift
intransitive verb
1 :to assemble or move in a herd (see 1herd)
  • herding onto the subway
2 :to place oneself in a group :associate
  • it is desirable that young noblemen should herd
  • —Sir Walter Scott

Examples of herd in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of herd

see 1herd

herd Synonyms



HERD Defined for English Language Learners

herd

noun

Definition of herd for English Language Learners

  • : a group of animals that live or are kept together

  • : a large group of people

  • the herd : common people : people as a group


herd

verb

Definition of herd for English Language Learners

  • : to gather and move (a group of animals)

  • : to move (people) in a group

  • : to form a group or move as a group


HERD Defined for Kids

1

herd

noun \ ˈhərd \

Definition of herd for Students

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

2

herd

verb

Definition of herd for Students

herded; herding
:to gather and move as a group
  • herd cattle

herder

\ˈhərd-ər\ noun


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