[ kou-hurd ]
See synonyms for cowherd on
  1. a person whose occupation is tending and herding cows.

Origin of cowherd

before 1000; Middle English couherde,Old English cūherde; see cow1, herd2

Words Nearby cowherd Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cowherd in a sentence

  • But Kari got lost himself; so when the cowherd had recovered entirely, I went to look for his cows and my lost elephant.

    Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • A stone image of the Spinning-Maid stood on one shore of the lake, and another of the cowherd on the opposite shore.

    Chinese Poems | Various
  • The cowherd and his wife gave him supper, and let him stay all night, and gave him some breakfast next morning.

  • The cowherd's wife was a hard-working woman, and it provoked her to see a great big man dreaming over the fire all the morning.

  • Vitra then sent her home, bidding her look on the table when next she entered her cowherd's hut and see what she would find there.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland

British Dictionary definitions for cowherd


/ (ˈkaʊˌhɜːd) /

  1. a person employed to tend cattle

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