Definitions

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  • n. A person who tends goats.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who tends goats.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose occupation is the care of goats.

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

  • n. a person who tends a flock of goats

Etymologies

From Middle English goteherd, from Old English gāthyrd (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His mother, whose real name was Brigitta, was always called the goatherd's wife, for the sake of old association, while the blind grandmother was just "grandmother" to all the old and young in the neighborhood.

    Heidi

  • Galatea is pelting thy flock with apples, Polyphemus, she says the goatherd is a laggard lover!

    Theocritus Bion and Moschus Rendered into English Prose

  • I seemed immediately to stand among the chorus of pilgrims filing past the goatherd in the valley; but I could not afterwards recall the goatherd's tune, so

    My Life — Volume 1

  • Upon the shoulder of the goatherd was a beast, which he told me was

    The Bible in Spain; or, the journeys, adventures, and imprisonments of an Englishman, in an attempt to circulate the Scriptures in the Peninsula

  • Upon the shoulder of the goatherd was a beast, which he told me was a lontra, or otter, which he had lately caught in the neighbouring brook; it had a string round its neck, which was attached to his arm.

    The Pocket George Borrow

  • Upon the shoulder of the goatherd was a beast, which he told me was a lontra, or otter, which he had lately caught in the neighbouring brook; it had a string round its neck which was attached to his arm.

    The Bible in Spain

  • Zuma, by contrast, is a former goatherd with no formal schooling who speaks spare, unadorned English.

    Jacob’s Ladder

  • Jacob Zuma is a former goatherd, a master of traditional Zulu stick-fighting, a resistance hero, a one-time spymaster, a graceful dancer, and the father of some 20 children.

    Jacob’s Ladder

  • Hospitality, whether offered by an emperor or an illiterate goatherd, is what makes us civilized.

    Day of Honey

  • From the 1940s to the 1960s, many a socialite's cocktail dress was actually the silhouette of a Spanish goatherd or a Jeronymite nun, ineffably transmuted.

    Between Heaven and Earth

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  • Peter was this in the movie "Heidi."

    June 19, 2012