Definition of herd in English:

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Pronunciation: /hərd/


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 herds
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  • 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.
drove, flock, pack, fold;
group, collection
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 herd
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  • 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.
crowd, group, bunch, horde, mob, host, pack, multitude, throng, swarm, company


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 room
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  • 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.
drive, shepherd, guide;
round up, gather, collect, corral
crowd, pack, flock;
cluster, huddle
2 [with object] Keep or look after (livestock): Hunter and Tripp herded sheep
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  • 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.
tend, look after, keep, watch (over), mind, guard


Old English heord, of Germanic origin; related to German Herde.

Words that rhyme with herd

absurd, bird, Byrd, curd, engird, gird, Heard, Kurd, misheard, nerd, overheard, reheard, third, undergird, undeterred, unheard, unstirred, word

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