Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of cattle or other domestic animals of a single kind kept together for a specific purpose.
  • n. A number of wild animals of one species that remain together as a group: a herd of elephants.
  • n. A large number of people; a crowd: a herd of stranded passengers.
  • n. The multitude of common people regarded as a mass: "It is the luxurious and dissipated who set the fashions which the herd so diligently follow” ( Henry David Thoreau). See Synonyms at flock1.
  • intransitive v. To come together in a herd: The sheep herded for warmth.
  • transitive v. To gather, keep, or drive (animals) in a herd.
  • transitive v. To tend (sheep or cattle).
  • transitive v. To gather and place into a group or mass: herded the children into the auditorium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company.
  • v. To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company.
  • n. Someone who keeps a group of domestic animals; a herdsman.
  • v. To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.
  • v. To form or put into a herd.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Haired.
  • n. A number of beasts assembled together; ; a particular stock or family of cattle.
  • n. A crowd of low people; a rabble.
  • n. One who herds or assembles domestic animals; a herdsman; -- much used in composition
  • intransitive v. To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company.
  • intransitive v. To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company.
  • intransitive v. To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.
  • transitive v. To form or put into a herd.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A number of animals feeding or driven together; a drove; a flock: commonly used of the larger animals, such as cows, oxen, horses, asses (cattle), deer, camels, elephants, whales, etc., and sometimes of small cattle, as sheep, hogs, etc., and in falconry and fowling of birds, as swans, cranes, and curlews.
  • n. In a disparaging sense, a company of men or people; a rabble; a mob: as, the vulgar herd.
  • To go in a herd; congregate as beasts; feed or run in droves.
  • To associate; unite in troops or companies; become one of any faction, party, or set: used in a more or less derogatory or sinister sense.
  • To form into or as if into a herd.
  • n. A herdsman; a keeper of cattle; a shepherd; hence, a keeper of any domestic animals: now rare in the simple form (except in Scotland), but common in composition, as in cowherd, goatherd, gooseherd, shepherd, swineherd.
  • To take care of or tend, as cattle.
  • To act as a herd or shepherd; tend cattle or take care of a flock.
  • An obsolete spelling of heard, preterit and past participle of hear.
  • An obsolete form of haired.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things
  • n. a group of wild mammals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra
  • v. cause to herd, drive, or crowd together
  • v. keep, move, or drive animals
  • v. move together, like a herd
  • n. a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English heord.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English heord, from Proto-Germanic *herdō, from Proto-Indo-European *kerdha. Cognate with German Herde, Swedish hjord. Non Germanic cognates include Albanian herdhe, çerdhe ("bird nest, cradle, kindergarten"). (Wiktionary)
Old English hirde, hierde, from Proto-Germanic *hirdijaz. Cognate with German Hirte, Swedish herde, Danish hyrde. (Wiktionary)

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  • Protecting, cautious, sheltered by one's own. A mass, together, uninviting, limiting yet comforting. Waiting to be led, wanting to be led, wanting to be watched over.

    May 2, 2010

  • He was hatless, wore no jacket; had no dog with him, no stick either, - which made him a queer kind of herd.

    - Aidan Higgins, Langrishe, Go Down

    August 28, 2008