- The definition of a herd is a big group of animals or people who share the same characteristics.
- An example of a herd is a group of cattle, sheep or elephants who all live and travel together.
- An example of a herd is a group of people who all dress and act in a similar way.
- To herd is defined as to round up and cause animals and people to move in a specific direction.
An example of herd is when you direct cows to all move in the same direction.
A herd of horses.
herd definition by Webster's New World
- a number of cattle, sheep, or other animals feeding, living, or being driven together
- any large group suggestive of this; crowd; company
- the common people; masses: a contemptuous term
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English heord, akin to German herde ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kerdho-, a row, group from source Sanskrit árdha, a herd, troop
Origin: Middle English herde ; from Old English hierde (akin to German hirt) ; from same base as herd
- herder noun
herd definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A group of cattle or other domestic animals of a single kind kept together for a specific purpose.b. A number of wild animals of one species that remain together as a group: a herd of elephants.
- a. A large number of people; a crowd: a herd of stranded passengers.b. 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.
- To gather, keep, or drive (animals) in a herd.
- To tend (sheep or cattle).
- To gather and place into a group or mass: herded the children into the auditorium.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English heord.
herd - Phrases/Idioms
ride herd onâ
- to control a moving herd of (cattle) from horseback
- to keep a close or oppressive watch or control over