[ goht-hurd ]
See synonyms for goatherd on Thesaurus.com
  1. a person who tends goats.

Origin of goatherd

before 1000; Middle English; Old English gāthyrde.See goat, herd2

Words Nearby goatherd

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use goatherd in a sentence

  • Her baby, when born, is exposed as being illegitimate, but found by a goatherd and brought up—becoming the all but deified Atys.

  • Only the one old peasant works alone: and a goatherd watching his long-haired, white goats.

    Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence
  • The goatherd offered to anoint him with dust and spittle, pointing a stumpy forefinger, but Francesco was filled with disgust.

    The Hill of Venus | Nathan Gallizier
  • On this the goatherd Melanthius went by back passages to the store-room of Ulysses' house.

    The Odyssey | Homer
  • A little goatherd, leading his bleating flock, plays on a reed flute to summon a straggler from a distant crag.

British Dictionary definitions for goatherd


/ (ˈɡəʊtˌhɜːd) /

  1. a person employed to tend or herd goats

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012