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[shep-erd] /ˈʃɛp ərd/
a person who herds, tends, and guards sheep.
a person who protects, guides, or watches over a person or group of people.
a member of the clergy.
the Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
verb (used with object)
to tend or guard as a shepherd:
to shepherd the flock.
to watch over carefully.
Origin of shepherd
before 1050; Middle English shepherde, Old English scēphyrde. See sheep, herd2
Related forms
shepherdless, adjective
shepherdlike, adjective
undershepherd, noun
unshepherded, adjective
unshepherding, adjective
2. protector, guardian, defender, keeper. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dahlia shepherded us to a quiet corner of the lounge and we all sat down.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • And all the while Beasley, with consummate skill, shepherded them to his own ends.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • He shepherded the sheep towards pastures new, to the blast of trumpet and the beat of drum.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • It was there that the flock was accustomed to graze, shepherded by the wise dog, Jock.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • The rest wait unintelligently on Providence in a row against the wall on the same side, shepherded by the bluejackets.

    Captain Brassbound's Conversion George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for shepherded


a person employed to tend sheep Female equivalent shepherdess, related adjectives bucolic pastoral
a person, such as a clergyman, who watches over or guides a group of people
verb (transitive)
to guide or watch over in the manner of a shepherd
(Australian rules football) to prevent opponents from tackling (a member of one's own team) by blocking their path
Word Origin
from Old English sceaphirde. See sheep, herd²


(astronomy) a small moon of (e.g.) Saturn orbiting close to the rings and partly responsible for ring stability
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Word Origin and History for shepherded



Old English sceaphierde, from sceap "sheep" (see sheep) + hierde "herder," from heord "a herd" (see herd (n.)). Cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schaphirde, Middle High German schafhirte, German dialectal Schafhirt. Shepherds customarily were buried with a tuft of wool in hand, to prove on Doomsday their occupation and be excused for often missing Sunday church. Shepherd's pie is recorded from 1877.


1790, "to herd sheep," from shepherd (n.). The metaphoric sense of "watch over or guide" is first recorded 1820. Related: Shepherded; shepherding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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shepherded in the Bible

a word naturally of frequent occurence in Scripture. Sometimes the word "pastor" is used instead (Jer. 2:8; 3:15; 10:21; 12:10; 17:16). This word is used figuratively to represent the relation of rulers to their subjects and of God to his people (Ps. 23:1; 80:1; Isa. 40:11; 44:28; Jer. 25:34, 35; Nahum 3:18; John 10:11, 14; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25; 5:4). The duties of a shepherd in an unenclosed country like Palestine were very onerous. "In early morning he led forth the flock from the fold, marching at its head to the spot where they were to be pastured. Here he watched them all day, taking care that none of the sheep strayed, and if any for a time eluded his watch and wandered away from the rest, seeking diligently till he found and brought it back. In those lands sheep require to be supplied regularly with water, and the shepherd for this purpose has to guide them either to some running stream or to wells dug in the wilderness and furnished with troughs. At night he brought the flock home to the fold, counting them as they passed under the rod at the door to assure himself that none were missing. Nor did his labours always end with sunset. Often he had to guard the fold through the dark hours from the attack of wild beasts, or the wily attempts of the prowling thief (see 1 Sam. 17:34).", Deane's David.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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