What does shepherd mean?

Definitions for shepherd
ˈʃɛp ərdshep·herd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shepherd.

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

Wiktionary

  1. shepherdnoun

    A person who tends sheep.

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

  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

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

  3. shepherdverb

    To watch over; to guide

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

  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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shepherdnoun

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

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

  2. Shepherdnoun

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

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

  3. Shepherdverb

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

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

Freebase

  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

  1. SHEPHERD

    One who depends on a crook for a living.

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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

  3. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    It [government] covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting: such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

  4. Jay Powell:

    None of us has the luxury of choosing our challenges ; fate and history provide them for us. Our job is to meet the tests we are presented, at the The Fed, we are doing all we can to help shepherd the economy through this difficult time.

  5. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick:

    We can get introductions to the city governments, the government officials that want to shepherd our kind of innovation and our kind of progress into their cities.

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