Etymology
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herd (n.1)

Old English heord "herd, flock, company of domestic animals," also, rarely, "a keeping, care, custody," from Proto-Germanic *herdo (source also of Old Norse hjorð, Old High German herta, German Herde, Gothic hairda "herd"), from PIE *kerdh- "a row, group, herd" (source also of Sanskrit śárdhah "herd, troop," Old Church Slavonic čreda "herd," Greek korthys "heap," Lithuanian kerdžius "shepherd"). Of any animals, wild or domestic, from c. 1200; of people, often in a disparaging sense, from c. 1400. Herd instinct in psychology is first recorded 1886.

herd (v.)

mid-13c., "to watch over or herd (livestock);" of animals, "gather in a herd, go in a herd, form a flock," late 14c. From herd (n.1). Transitive sense of "to form (animals, people, etc.) into a herd" is from 1590s. Related: Herded; herding.

herd (n.2)

"keeper of a flock of domestic animals," Old English hierde, from the source of herd (v.). Now obsolete except in compounds. Compare Old Saxon hirdi, Middle Dutch hirde, German Hirte, Old Norse hirðir.

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Definitions of herd
1
herd (v.)
cause to herd, drive, or crowd together;
We herded the children into a spare classroom
Synonyms: crowd
herd (v.)
move together, like a herd;
herd (v.)
keep, move, or drive animals;
Who will be herding the cattle when the cowboy dies?
2
herd (n.)
a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans;
herd (n.)
a group of wild mammals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra;
herd (n.)
a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things;
the children resembled a fairy herd
Synonyms: ruck
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