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.
I heard the herd of cattle being herded home from a long way away.
The sheep herded for warmth.
An example of herd is when you direct cows to all move in the same direction.
Herded the children into the auditorium.
Sheep herd on many hills.
I’ll herd among his friends, and seem One of the number. Addison.
- to control a moving herd of (cattle) from horseback
- to keep a close or oppressive watch or control over
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of herd
- Middle English from Old English heord
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English herde, heerde, heorde, from Old English hierd, heord (“herd, flock; keeping, care, custody”), from Proto-Germanic *herdō (“herd”), from Proto-Indo-European *kerdʰ- (“file, row, herd”). Cognate with German Herde, Swedish hjord. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian herdhe, çerdhe (“bird nest, cradle, kindergarten”).
- Old English hirde, hierde, from Proto-Germanic *hirdijaz. Cognate with German Hirte, Swedish herde, Danish hyrde.