Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who herds, guards, and tends sheep.
  • n. One who cares for and guides a group of people, as a minister or teacher.
  • n. A German shepherd.
  • transitive v. To herd, guard, tend, or guide as or in the manner of a shepherd. See Synonyms at guide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who tends sheep.
  • n. Someone who watches over, looks after, or guides somebody.
  • v. To watch over; to guide
  • v. For a player to obstruct an opponent from getting to the ball, either when a teammate has it or is going for it, or if the ball is about to bounce through the goal or out of bounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep, esp. a flock grazing at large.
  • n. The pastor of a church; one with the religious guidance of others.
  • transitive v. To tend as a shepherd; to guard, herd, lead, or drive, as a shepherd.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man who herds, tends, and guards sheep in pasture; a pastor.
  • To tend or guide as a shepherd.
  • To attend or wait on; gallant.
  • To watch over, as a mining claim, and establish a right to it by doing a certain-amount of work on it: said especially of digging small pits in the neighborhood of a rich deposit of gold; hence, to attend or hang about (a person) on the chance of getting something out of him.
  • n. A miner who does not work a claim, though preserving his legal rights respecting it.

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

  • n. a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock
  • v. watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils
  • n. a clergyman who watches over a group of people
  • v. tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats

Etymologies

Middle English shepherde, from Old English scēaphierde : scēap, sheep + hierde, herdsman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English sceaphierde (scēaphierde), a compound of scēap ("sheep") and hierde ("herdsman"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Only Wiktionary has the sporting definition, i.e.
    "v. For a player to obstruct an opponent from getting to the ball, either when a teammate has it or is going for it, or if the ball is about to bounce through the goal or out of bounds."

    This verbal usage is common in Australian rules football and rugby league commentary.

    July 5, 2012

  • wordnet's defintion's: a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock

    May 4, 2010

  • See wordherd.

    July 29, 2007