sheep·​herd·​er ˈshēp-ˌhər-dər How to pronounce sheepherder (audio)
: a worker in charge of sheep especially on open range

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sporting a fancy robe, the former sheepherder is indulging in expensive cigars, champagne, and a pair of prostitutes. Matt Cabral,, 19 Feb. 2023 The shot fired at Jack Dutton (Darren Mann) by the trespassing sheepherder apparently missed the cowboy, but hit his horse. Matt Cabral,, 28 Dec. 2022 Afterward, get in line for a sandwich or a loaf of bread, originally from a Basque sheepherder’s recipe, at Schat’s Bakkery in Bishop. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 10 Oct. 2021 The next day, the sheepherder checked the traps to discover one containing the first wolverine ever captured in Utah. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Mar. 2022 But then the two of them bond and, with the logic of a fairy tale, Babe goes on to win the all-important sheepherder’s competition. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Sep. 2020 Today’s festival includes sheepdog trials, sheepherder hikes, Basque dance performances, and Zapotec botanical wool-dyeing classes. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, 15 Oct. 2019 Do yourself a favor and pause to talk to the sheepherders. Alex Schechter, National Geographic, 4 Nov. 2019 To view these almost-overgrown messages and art today, our small group tramped through prickly underbrush and tried to imagine the hard, solitary lives the sheepherders led. Sara Lessley, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheepherder was in 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Sheepherder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


sheep·​herd·​er ˈshēp-ˌhərd-ər How to pronounce sheepherder (audio)
: a worker in charge of a flock of sheep

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