What does herd mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. herd(noun)

    a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans

  2. herd(noun)

    a group of wild mammals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra

  3. ruck, herd(verb)

    a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things

    "his brilliance raised him above the ruck"; "the children resembled a fairy herd"

  4. herd, crowd(verb)

    cause to herd, drive, or crowd together

    "We herded the children into a spare classroom"

  5. herd(verb)

    move together, like a herd

  6. herd(verb)

    keep, move, or drive animals

    "Who will be herding the cattle when the cowboy dies?"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Herd(adj)


  2. Herd(noun)

    a number of beasts assembled together; as, a herd of horses, oxen, cattle, camels, elephants, deer, or swine; a particular stock or family of cattle

  3. Herd(noun)

    a crowd of low people; a rabble

  4. Herd(noun)

    one who herds or assembles domestic animals; a herdsman; -- much used in composition; as, a shepherd; a goatherd, and the like

  5. Herd(verb)

    to unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company; as, sheep herd on many hills

  6. Herd(verb)

    to associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company

  7. Herd(verb)

    to act as a herdsman or a shepherd

  8. Herd(verb)

    to form or put into a herd

  9. Origin: [See 2d Herd.]


  1. Herd

    A herd refers to a social grouping of certain animals of the same species, either wild or domestic, and also to the form of collective animal behavior associated with this or as a verb, to herd, to its control by another species such as humans or dogs. The term herd is generally applied to mammals, and most particularly to the grazing ungulates that classically display this behaviour. Different terms are used for similar groupings in other species; in the case of birds, for example, the word is flocking, but flock may also be used, in certain instances, for mammals, particularly sheep or goats. A group of quail is often referred to as a covey. Large groups of carnivores are usually called packs, and in nature a herd is classically subject to predation from pack hunters. Special collective nouns may be used for particular taxa but for theoretical discussions of behavioural ecology, the generic term herd can be used for all such kinds of assemblage. The word herd, as a noun, can also refer to one who controls, possesses and has care for such groups of animals when they are domesticated. Examples of herds in this sense include shepherds, goatherds, cowherds, and others.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Herd

    hėrd, n. a number of beasts feeding together, and watched or tended: any collection of beasts, as distinguished from a flock: a company of people, the rabble.—v.i. to run in herds.—v.t. to tend, as a herdsman.—ns. Herd, one who tends a herd; Herd′groom (Spens.), a shepherd-lad; Herds′-grass, timothy-grass; Herds′man, a man employed to herd or tend cattle—(B.) Herd′man. [A.S. hirde, hierde; Ger. heerde, Sw. hjord.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'herd' in Nouns Frequency: #2998


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of herd in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of herd in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Corey Ireland:

    His herd grew very quickly.

  2. Hussein Abdallah:

    There is no dove, no sheep in that herd.

  3. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 116:

    Morality is herd instinct in the individual.

  4. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.

  5. Simone Netherlands:

    This herd can be managed at a sustainable number.

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