- 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.
- to tend or guard as a shepherd: to shepherd the flock.
- to watch over carefully.
Origin of shepherd
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- a male given name.
Related Wordsherdsman, herder, watcher, teacher, caretaker, watch, pastor, guide, guard, minister, escort, tender, attendant, protector, leader, pilot, shepherdess, pastoralist
Examples from the Web for shepherd
In the video, the bus is getting searched by a cop with a German shepherd.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
Then when we arrive at his flat in Shepherd's Bush following the escape, perhaps there ought to be remnants of the ladder.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Yes, your German Shepherd Buster can wear his own health tracker.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
After killing the Egyptian he runs away for years, becomes a shepherd, starts a family.Christian Bale: One Man's Moses Is Another Man's Terrorist
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
December 7, 2014
Rick must shepherd his newborn daughter, Judith, through this world of peril.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
The doctor is nearing them rapidly; they can imagine the shepherd's tartan.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 3
One of the months in the "Shepherd's Calendar" is composed in it.A Dish Of Orts
Grief is not an inmate of the plain; the hours of the shepherd are sped in gaiety and mirth.
You too are young and uninured even to the misfortunes of the shepherd.
But, oh, shepherd, what avails it to live in hopeless misery?
- a person employed to tend sheepFemale equivalent: shepherdess Related adjectives: bucolic, pastoral
- a person, such as a clergyman, who watches over or guides a group of people
- 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
- astronomy a small moon of (e.g.) Saturn orbiting close to the rings and partly responsible for ring stability
Word Origin and History for shepherd
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.