shepherd

[ shep-erd ]
/ ˈʃɛp ərd /

noun

verb (used with object)

to tend or guard as a shepherd: to shepherd the flock.
to watch over carefully.

Nearby words

  1. shenyang,
  2. shenzhou,
  3. sheol,
  4. shepard,
  5. shepard, sam,
  6. shepherd dog,
  7. shepherd king,
  8. shepherd satellite,
  9. shepherd's check,
  10. shepherd's needle

Origin of shepherd

before 1050; Middle English shepherde, Old English scēphyrde. See sheep, herd2

Related forms

Shepherd

[ shep-erd ]
/ ˈʃɛp ərd /

noun

a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for shepherd

shepherd

/ (ˈʃɛpəd) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for shepherd

from Old English sceaphirde. See sheep, herd ²

Shepherd

noun

astronomy a small moon of (e.g.) Saturn orbiting close to the rings and partly responsible for ring stability
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Word Origin and History for shepherd
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