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  1. a person who tends goats.
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Origin of goatherd

before 1000; Middle English; Old English gāthyrde. See goat, herd2
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Related Words for goatherd

rancher, herder, cowboy, wrangler, vaquero, cowherd, gaucho, goatherd, sheepherder, buckaroo, cowpuncher, cowhand, cattleman

Examples from the Web for goatherd

Historical Examples of goatherd

  • The heights are inaccessible to any foot but those of the goat and goatherd.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878


  • His father had met with an accident some years ago; he also had been called Peter the goatherd.


    Johanna Spyri

  • Melanthius, the goatherd, finds his way to the chamber where the arms are deposited.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

  • She was goatherd and milkmaid, fire-tender and cook, tailor and tent-maker.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • I pitied the poor devil of a goatherd for having such a very plain wife.


    A. W. Kinglake

British Dictionary definitions for goatherd


  1. a person employed to tend or herd goats
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Word Origin and History for goatherd


early 13c. (as a surname), from goat + herd (n.).

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