- 1A large group of animals, especially hoofed mammals, that live, feed, or migrate together or are kept together as livestock: a herd of elephants large farms with big dairy herdsMore example sentences
- There's variety in the animals and produce and the freedom to focus on the aspects you most enjoy, such as foregoing a big garden in favor of a herd of animals.
- The latest foot and mouth outbreak in Brazil has affected 153 animals in a herd of 582 cattle and eight pigs.
- The idea is to move the livestock into bigger herds and move them around more.
- 1.1 • derogatory A large group of people, typically with a shared characteristic: I dodged herds of joggers and cyclists he is not of the common herdMore example sentences
- Get an alpine start by leaving Longs Peak Ranger Station no later than 2 a.m. to beat the storms and the herds of Denverites who crowd the trail all summer.
- Friday night Bingo crowds were typically large herds of older females.
- I found myself shouting insults at the telly when I saw herds of women virtually knocking each other unconscious to get at the Stella McCartney clothes in H & M.
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- 1 [with adverbial of direction] (With reference to a group of people or animals) move in a particular direction: [with object]: Nick herded me through the baggage claim and into his Jaguar [no object]: we all herded into a storage roomMore example sentences
- The kids are to be deposited at the school, herded into minibuses and driven up while the adults walk.
- Some demonstrators were injured and five reportedly arrested when the police suddenly moved forward to herd people off the roadway.
- If you want to build a ship, don't herd together people to gather wood divide the work and give orders.
- 2 [with object] Keep or look after (livestock): Hunter and Tripp herded sheepMore example sentences
tend, look after, keep, watch (over), mind, guard
- Children provide much-needed labor in herding livestock and farming.
- He will be prepared to participate in political change, engage in rebuilding his country, or return to herding livestock.
- Unlike most dog breeds, it continues to be bred, used and valued for its original purpose - herding livestock.
Old English heord, of Germanic origin; related to German Herde.