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[hurdz-muh n] /ˈhɜrdz mən/
noun, plural herdsmen.
a herder; the keeper of a herd, especially of cattle or sheep.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Boötes.
Origin of herdsman
1595-1605; herd1 + 's1 + -man; compare earlier herdman, Middle English hird-man, Old English hyrdemann Unabridged
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  • His dress was that of a herdsman, or possibly of an owner of herds from the northern Galankar.

    The Players Everett B. Cole
  • Here, herdsman; take my clothes and put them on, and I will put on yours and drive the cows.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • At such a time it is vain for the herdsman to attempt to separate them.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Another general term for a herdsman was Looker, whence Luker.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • Next morning the herdsman said to the young man: 'I have got some other work for you to do.

  • But the herdsman does not bother to do a simple thing like that every day.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • Ere this have I been wild with love for a herdsman on Phrygian hills.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • I have it from a herdsman who came from the country beyond Tubac.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • The herdsman was travelling on the same route, and followed them at some distance behind.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for herdsman


noun (pl) -men
(mainly Brit) a person who breeds, rears, or cares for cattle or (rarely) other livestock in the herd US equivalent herder
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Word Origin and History for herdsman

Old English heordman, but the word was not common until herd (Old English hierde) in sense "keeper of domestic animals which go in herds" fell from use (cf. shepherd). See herd (n.) + man (n.). Intrusive -s- appeared early 15c., on model of craftsman, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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