herd

1 [hurd]
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:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English heord; cognate with Gothic hairda, German Herde


1. See flock1. 2. crowd, mob.


See collective noun.
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herd

2 [hurd]
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


2. guard, protect, watch.
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herd1 (hɜːd)
 
n
1.  a large group of mammals living and feeding together, esp a group of cattle, sheep, etc
2.  derogatory often a large group of people
3.  derogatory the large mass of ordinary people
 
vb
4.  to collect or be collected into or as if into a herd
 
[Old English heord; related to Old Norse hjörth, Gothic hairda, Old High German herta, Greek kórthus troop]

herd2 (hɜːd)
 
n
1.  a.  archaic, dialect or a man or boy who tends livestock; herdsman
 b.  (in combination): goatherd; swineherd
 
vb
2.  to drive forwards in a large group
3.  to look after (livestock)
 
[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 & History

herd
O.E. heord, from P.Gmc. *kherdo- (cf. O.N. hjorð, O.H.G. herta, Ger. Herde, Goth. hairda "herd"), from PIE *kherdha- "a row, group" (cf. Skt. sardhah "herd, troop," O.C.S. creda "herd," Gk. korthys "heap," Lith. kerdzius "shepherd"). The verb is first recorded 1393. Herdsman is O.E. heordman, but
not common until herd in sense of "keeper of domestic animals which go in herds" fell from use (cf. shepherd). Intrusive -s- appeared c.1600, on model of craftsman, etc. Herd instinct in psychology is first recorded 1908.
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Herd definition


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

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Example sentences
They herded animals they had previously hunted and cultivated crops they had
  previously gathered in the wild.
They herded animals they had previously hunted and farmed crops they had
  previously gathered in the wild.
Survivors who had lived by farming were herded into cities where they subsisted
  on government handouts.
We were herded into an abandoned bicycle factory, and attached was a time bomb.
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