Adjective "Herd" definition and examples

(Herd may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/həːd/

Definitions and examples

noun

A large group of animals, especially hoofed mammals, that live together or are kept together as livestock.
  1. 'farms with big dairy herds'
  2. 'He started with six cows and had a herd of 26 by high school.'
  3. 'Pastured flocks and herds of meat animals, dairy herds, and poultry flocks will return, requiring, of course, pastures and hay fields.'
  4. 'Historic parkland in North Yorkshire is now home to some gentle giants of the animal kingdom - a herd of North American bison.'
  5. 'The idea is to move the livestock into bigger herds and move them around more.'
  6. 'The buildings huddled together like a herd of deer in the dead of a winter storm, attempting to share warmth and shelter from the elements.'
  7. 'On the other side of the fence that separates prey from predator, a herd of zebras huddle together and drink from a nearby river.'
  8. 'Here, in the scrubby land mantled in the after glow of a soft sunset, springbok leapt and Cape mountain zebra grazed even as herds of black wildebeest stared at us intently and then galloped away.'
  9. 'About half a mile north-west of Easton he could see a group of mounted figures watching over a herd of large animals.'
  10. 'It is well known that if a trait is heritable, the easiest and most practical way to change the trait in a herd of cattle is through selection of the sire.'
  11. 'The latest foot and mouth outbreak in Brazil has affected 153 animals in a herd of 582 cattle and eight pigs.'
  12. 'he is not of the common herd'
  13. 'So they are cagey about letting the common herd assess their work.'
  14. 'He came to see raves as herds of sensation-hungry young people blindly upping the experiential ante just because they could.'
  15. 'He may as well have clapped me in irons and commenced flogging in front of the herds of law-abiding legal visitors.'
  16. 'It does not occur to him that we have had half a century of this, and there is a good deal of disillusion with the whole concept of a ‘public sector’ with a higher, nobler ethos than the common herd.'
  17. 'Friday night Bingo crowds were typically large herds of older females.'
  18. 'The place looked a disgrace, with rubbish all over the place from the chaos the day before, and cleaners had only just started work, trying to sweep up without being bowled over by herds of disgruntled shoppers.'
  19. '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.'
  20. 'The awesome stupidity of the common herd endures and multiplies, in part, because of the bogus trend stories that daily newspapers feed it.'
  21. 'She had that same aura of persistent irritation that wafts on the breeze ahead of wandering herds of Jehovah's Witnesses.'
  22. 'Or are rich lawyers not expected to mix with the common herd?'

verb

(with reference to a group of people or animals) move in a group.
  1. no object 'we all herded into a storage room'
  2. 'Don't herd folk into the stinking cities - let our villages and small towns flourish.'
  3. 'This species may also hunt in packs on occasion by herding and trapping smaller fish.'
  4. 'We had been split into groups and herded into work on a Saturday to film the trailer.'
  5. 'With no two tumours, no two treatments and no two sufferers ever the same, cancer patients need to be treated as individuals, not herded through the system.'
  6. 'But public service companies like Translink can herd children onto a bus that make them, he said, dangerously overloaded.'
  7. 'If you want to build a ship, don't herd together people to gather wood — divide the work and give orders.'
  8. 'Some 150 Afghans from the camp were herded onto buses and then dumped back across the border in Afghanistan, a wholly illegal act.'
  9. 'Eighty or so villagers were taken from their homes and herded to the plaza area.'
  10. 'We saw people in all rooms of the house just scatter and get herded out by the cops.'
  11. 'As babies grow bigger and fiercer, they contribute more mess and filth than llamas herded into your living room, and yet they're so sniffy about dirt.'
Keep or look after (livestock)
  1. 'There was something about the rolling stride with which they moved that spoke of a lifetime of forking hay, sitting astride tractors, or herding cattle and sheep.'
  2. 'Before the war he was a farmer, he herded cows and sheep.'
  3. 'They must give them clothes, look after their garden, herd their cattle, sheep and goats, build their grain stores and houses.'
  4. 'These are pastoralists or nomads, if you will, who make their living by herding their livestock.'
  5. 'We traditional farmers are their peasants now; our job is to till the soil, wear flat caps and herd our cattle and sheep with dogs and sticks.'
  6. 'I am pretty sure the dog would be happier killing those sheep than herding them.'
  7. 'Both Ellen and Berit Anne herded reindeer in their youth.'
  8. 'The Sami, as a nomadic tribe, never concerned itself much with borders anyway as it herded reindeer across the region.'
  9. 'What he was certain about was that, had he stayed in Greece, he'd still be herding sheep.'
  10. 'He was soon followed by an old man herding sheep and goats.'

More definitions

noun

1. a number of animals kept, feeding, or traveling together; drove; flock: a herd of cattle; a herd of sheep; a herd of zebras.

2. Sometimes Disparaging. a large group of people: The star was mobbed by a herd of autograph seekers.

3. any large quantity: a herd of bicycles.

4. the herd, the common people; masses; rabble: He had no opinions of his own, but simply followed the herd. verb (used without object)

5. to unite or go in a herd; assemble or associate as a herd.

Origin

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