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herd1

[hurd] /hɜrd/
noun
1.
a number of animals kept, feeding, or traveling together; drove; flock:
a herd of cattle; a herd of sheep; a herd of zebras.
2.
Sometimes Disparaging. a large group of people:
The star was mobbed by a herd of autograph seekers.
3.
any large quantity:
a herd of bicycles.
4.
the herd, the common people; masses; rabble:
He had no opinions of his own, but simply followed the herd.
verb (used without object)
5.
to unite or go in a herd; assemble or associate as a herd.
Idioms
6.
ride herd on, to have charge or control of; maintain discipline over:
He rode herd on 40 students in each class.
Origin of herd1
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English heord; cognate with Gothic hairda, German Herde
Can be confused
heard, herd.
Synonyms
1. See flock1 . 2. crowd, mob.
Usage note

herd2

[hurd] /hɜrd/
noun
1.
a herdsman (usually used in combination):
a cowherd; a goatherd; a shepherd.
verb (used with object)
2.
to tend, drive, or lead (cattle, sheep, etc.).
3.
to conduct or drive (a group of people) to a destination:
The teacher herded the children into the classroom.
Origin
before 900; Middle English herd(e), hirde, Old English hierde; cognate with Gothic hairdeis, German Hirt(e); derivative of herd1
Synonyms
2. guard, protect, watch.
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Examples from the Web for herded
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  • If you think the gentlemen of England will allow themselves to be herded with a lot of low fellers and made to carry guns—!

    Three Plays by Granville-Barker Harley Granville-Barker
  • "Mankind, when herded together, will smell," answered his dragoman.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • Hearing footsteps, the four fierce dogs which herded the swine rushed out of the yard and leapt angrily at the newcomer.

    The Adventures of Ulysses the Wanderer Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • They herded a bunch of stolen horses before them as they fled.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • "A nasty crew," Carver remarked to Peter Gross as the pirates were herded on the beach under the rifles of his company.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
British Dictionary definitions for herded

herd1

/hɜːd/
noun
1.
a large group of mammals living and feeding together, esp a group of cattle, sheep, etc
2.
(often derogatory) a large group of people
3.
(derogatory) the large mass of ordinary people
verb
4.
to collect or be collected into or as if into a herd
Word Origin
Old English heord; related to Old Norse hjörth, Gothic hairda, Old High German herta, Greek kórthus troop

herd2

/hɜːd/
noun
1.
  1. (archaic or dialect) a man or boy who tends livestock; herdsman
  2. (in combination): goatherd, swineherd
verb (transitive)
2.
to drive forwards in a large group
3.
to look after (livestock)
Word Origin
Old English hirde; related to Old Norse hirthir, Gothic hairdeis, Old High German hirti, Old Saxon hirdi, herdi; see herd1
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Word Origin and History for herded

herd

n.

Old English heord "herd, flock," from Proto-Germanic *herdo- (cf. Old Norse hjorð, Old High German herta, German Herde, Gothic hairda "herd"), from PIE *kerdh- "a row, group, herd" (cf. Sanskrit śárdhah "herd, troop," Old Church Slavonic čreda "herd," Greek korthys "heap," Lithuanian kerdžius "shepherd"). Herd instinct in psychology is first recorded 1908.

v.

mid-13c., "to watch over or herd (livestock);" of animals, "to gather in a herd, to form a flock," late 14c., from herd (n.). Related: Herded; herding.

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Slang definitions & phrases for herded

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ride herd on someone

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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herded in the Bible

Gen. 13:5; Deut. 7:14. (See CATTLE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with herded

herd

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