What does Shepherd mean?

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ˈʃɛp ərdShep·herd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shepherdnoun

    a clergyman who watches over a group of people

  2. sheepherder, shepherd, sheepmanverb

    a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock

  3. shepherdverb

    watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils

  4. shepherdverb

    tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats


  1. shepherdnoun

    A person who tends sheep.

  2. shepherdnoun

    Someone who watches over, looks after, or guides somebody.

    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; -- The Bible, Psalms 23:1

  3. shepherdverb

    To watch over; to guide

  4. shepherdverb

    For a player to obstruct an opponent from getting to the ball, either when a teammate has it or is going for it, or if the ball is about to bounce through the goal or out of bounds.

  5. Etymology: From sceaphierde, a compound of sceap and hierde.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SHEPHERDnoun

    Etymology: sceap , sheep, and hyrd , a keeper, Saxon, sceapahyrd.

    I am shepherd to another man,
    And do not sheer the fleeces that I graze. William Shakespeare.

    A shepherd next
    More meek came with the firstlings of his flock. John Milton.

    If that the world and love were young,
    And truth in ev’ry shepherd ’s tongue,
    These pretty pleasures might me move
    To live with thee, and be thy love. Walter Raleigh.

    Lead up all those who heard thee, and believ’d;
    ’Midst thy own flock, great shepherd, be receiv’d,
    And glad all heav’n with millions thou hast sav’d. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shepherdnoun

    a man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep, esp. a flock grazing at large

  2. Shepherdnoun

    the pastor of a church; one with the religious guidance of others

  3. Shepherdverb

    to tend as a shepherd; to guard, herd, lead, or drive, as a shepherd

  4. Etymology: [OE. schepherde, schephirde, AS. scephyrde; scep sheep + hyrde, hirde, heorde, a herd, a guardian. See Sheep, and Herd.]


  1. Shepherd

    A shepherd, or sheepherder, is a person who tends, feeds, or guards flocks of sheep. The word stems from an amalgam of sheep herder.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shepherd

    shep′ėrd, n. one who herds sheep: a swain: a pastor:—fem. Shep′herdess.—v.t. to tend as a shepherd: to watch over, protect the interests of, or one's own interests in.—ns. Shep′herdism, pastoral life; Shep′herdling, a little shepherd; Shep′herd's-crook, a long staff, its upper end curved into a hook; Shep′herd's-dog, a dog specially trained to help in tending sheep, the collie or Scotch sheep-dog, &c.; Shep′herd's-flute, a flageolet or the like; Shep′herd's-nee′dle, an annual plant, called also Venus's comb; Shep′herd's-plaid, -tar′tan, a woollen cloth made with black and white checks: this form of pattern itself; Shep′herd's-pouch, -purse, an annual cruciferous plant, with compressed, somewhat heart-shaped seed-vessel; Shep′herd's-rod, -staff, a small kind of teasel.—Shepherd kings (see Hyksos).—The Good Shepherd, a title of Jesus Christ (John, x. 11); The Shepherds, a sect of fanatical shepherds in France about 1251 A.D., eager to deliver the imprisoned Louis IX. [A.S. sceáp-hyrde. Sheep and herd.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    One who depends on a crook for a living.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shepherd in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shepherd in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Shepherd in a Sentence

  1. Robert Cole:

    On the gemstone is engraved an image of the ‘Good Shepherd,’ which is really one of the earliest symbols of Christianity.

  2. Chloe Shorten:

    We knew Peggy wanted to be working so we started the long process of teaching her how to herd and work with a shepherd without relying on voice commands, we used repetitive and positive reinforcement and instead of pairing a verbal command with an action, we'd use a physical hand gesture… For example, thumbs up means 'good girl.'.

  3. Salleigh Grubbs:

    Jason Shepherd know, Both Kemp and Raffensperger can't stay in 2020. Both Kemp and Raffensperger do have to move forward, but Both Kemp and Raffensperger take what Both Kemp and Raffensperger learned in 2020, and Both Kemp and Raffensperger take that with Both Kemp and Raffensperger to prepare.

  4. Chris Heffron:

    Rose has this uncanny ability to have her finger on the pulse of what people should see but also what media consumers should look out for, she is a great shepherd through all the garbage out there.

  5. Julie Linton:

    What we know about the social determinants of health that can impact through someone's lifespan is that children are best able to achieve their dreams and survive trauma when they have access to safety and support and have a loving adult in their life that can shepherd them through childhood, these families are undergoing this treacherous journey feeling that they have no choice but to seek safety for their families elsewhere.

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    formal separation from an alliance or federation
    • A. contempt
    • B. secession
    • C. dint
    • D. nitrile

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