Definitions

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  • n. A boy who herds animals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man or boy having the care of a herd of cattle.

Etymologies

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herd +‎ boy

Examples

  • The Kashima family said their nightmare started a week ago when their 17-year-old son, Leungo Kashima, who has been working as a herdboy was brought home in a terrible condition...

    Family Believes Herdboy Is Bewitched

  • Mandela who spent part of his youth as a herdboy in the rural village of Qunu in the Transkei, was speaking after meeting with the director and lead actors of the film Tsotsi, which won this year's Academy Award for best foreign language film.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The herdboy in the broom, already musical in the days of Father Chaucer, startles (and perhaps pains) the lark with this exiguous pipe; and in the hands of the skilled bricklayer,

    The Wrong Box

  • Happy said he left school in grade five to become a herdboy for his grandfather.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Tuesday, rose from humble beginnings as a peasant herdboy through stages as a teacher, political prisoner and guerrilla chieftain.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The former herdboy and teacher made his name as a revolutionary hero in the 1970s, fighting white minority rule for the freedom of his people.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Barolong herdboy, and the Black Watch regiment composed of "a mixture of Zulu, Shangaan, Tembu and other Transkean breeds".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A herdboy kept a flock of goats well away from the trees 'tender bark.

    The Mad Ship

  • Other, that is, than the certainty of dying with sword in hand and comrades round about, if he didn't sit on this rock gawking like a herdboy at a country fair until the enemy found an archer who could see his hand in front of his face.

    Conan and The Mists of Door

  • Mandela, the onetime herdboy, political activist and hunted fugitive became commander-in-chief of one of Africa's most powerful military establishments.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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