herdsman

[ hurdz-muh n ]
/ ˈhɜrdz mən /

noun, plural herds·men.

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
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herdsman

/ (ˈhɜːdzmən) /

noun plural -men

mainly British a person who breeds, rears, or cares for cattle or (rarely) other livestock in the herdUS equivalent: herder
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Word Origin and History for herdsman

herdsman


n.

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.

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