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Herd appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • No herd acts in an onanist cadre, hon.
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Herd is sometimes a misspelling of heard or here.

The word herd is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun herd

What does herd mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: herds

  1. a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic term: animal group = a group of animals
    • more specific word: remuda = the herd of horses from which those to be used the next day are chosen
    • members:
      • Bos taurus / cattle / cows / kine / oxen = domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age
      • sheep = woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat
  2. a group of wild mammals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic term: animal group = a group of animals
    • more specific word: gam = a herd of whales
  3. a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things
    • example: the children resembled a fairy herd
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of herd: ruck
    • more generic words: concourse / multitude / throng = a large gathering of people

Alternative definition of the noun herd


  1. A number of domestic animals assembled together under the watch or ownership of a keeper. [definition from 11th c.]
  2. Any collection of animals gathered or travelling in a company. [definition from 13th c.]
  3. A crowd, a mass of people; now usually pejorative: a rabble. [definition from 15th c.]
  4. [context: now rare] Someone who keeps a group of domestic animals; a herdsman.

Definition of the verb herd

What does herd mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: herded | herding | herds

  1. cause to herd, drive, or crowd together
    • example: We herded the children into a spare classroom
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]The teacher gathered the kidsVerbs of Existence: accumulate, aggregate, amass, assemble, cluster, collect, congregate, convene, flock, gather, group, huddle, mass
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] togetherThe teacher gathered the kids together
      [Theme - concrete, plural] [Verb]The kids are assembling
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherHerman connected the computers together | Herman gathered the students togetherVerbs of Combining and Attaching: band, baste, cluster, collate, collect, gather, group, jumble, pair, roll, sew, shake, shuffle, stick
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient 1] with / into / to [Patient 2]Herman gathered students into group2
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs whisk easily | Most labels tape easily
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb] togetherSugar and cream whip together easily
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with / into / to [Patient 2]Sugar whips into cream easily
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of herd: crowd
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific word: overcrowd = cause to crowd together too much
  2. move together, like a herd
    • example: The crowds herd in the streets
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: crowd / crowd together = to gather together in large numbers
  3. keep, move, or drive animals
    • example: Who will be herding the cattle when the cowboy dies?
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: keep = raise
    • more specific word: wrangle = herd and care for


  1. Herd a.k.a. The Herd were an English pop rock group, founded in 1965, that came to prominence in the late 1960s. They launched the career of Peter Frampton and scored three UK top twenty hits.
  2. HERD is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Woody Herman & His Thundering Herd, University of South Florida Herd of Thunder.


  1. Herd is the musical alias of Jason Thomson from Corby, Northamptonshire. The Herd sound is inspired by the electronic band The Future Sound of London, especially their 1994 ambient masterpiece Lifeforms. Initially, Herd created music using Sony ACID and showcased these tracks on the private bit.torrent site After receiving positive feedback from members of the site he submitted some tracks to the American netlabel Future State of Rhythm.
  2. Herd a.k.a. Jason Thomson is an ambient music producer.

There are other people with in their name, like Ben Herd, Bil Herd, Jim Herd, Alan Herd, Alec Herd, Fred Herd, Mike Herd, Nate Herd, Omar Herd, Stan Herd and many others.


Herd: A herd is a social grouping of certain animals of the same species, either wild or domestic The form of collective animal behavior associated with this is referred to as herding.

Phrases with Herd

Phrases starting with the word Herd:

  1. Herd Cats
  2. Herd path
  3. herd's grass
  4. Herd immunity
  5. herd instinct
  6. Herd Behaviour

Phrases ending with the word Herd:

  1. Bot Herd
  2. ride herd

Other phrase containing the word Herd:

  1. Ride Herd on

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Herd

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Google previewThe Mammoth Cheese (2007)

by Sheri Holman

The herd is the foundation of all wealth. It was a quote from the Roman historian Varro, and it was a clever lesson in etymology, for the Latin word for wealth, pecunia, comes from the word for cattle, pecus.

Google previewWho Owns the Stock? (2012)

Collective and Multiple Property Rights in Animals by Anatoly Michailovich Khazanov, Günther Schlee

Chapter 9 Individualization of Livestock Ownership in Fulbe Family Herds: The Effects of Pastoral Intensification and Islamic Renewal in Northern Cameroon Mark Moritz A man's herd is a complex organization of individuals tied to one another ...

Google previewBuffalo Nation

by Valerius Geist

The controversy about the mixing of plains and wood bison in the Wood Buffalo herd is a threat to its future, as is the presence of tuberculosis and brucellosis due to Agriculture Canada's drive for a tuberculosis-free status for Canada's ...

Google previewHome and Field (1918)

N the minds of most farmers the chief individual item of expense in connection with the dairy herd is that incurred in the purchase of a sire. As a general rule farmers are not buying females; they raise whatever they may need in this respect; ...

Google previewArt and Laughter (2007)

by Sheri Klein

Stan Herd is a parodist who creates 2D re-creations of Vincent Van Gogh still-life paintings in Midwestern USA...

Google previewThe New Leviathan (2014)

by Collingwood, R. G.

The Yahoo herd is an abstraction.1 In painting a picture of it we have been trying to describe what human life would be like if men were not social. 30. 73. Strip off in thought, from human life as it is, the features belonging to sociality and to the ...

Google previewBreeder and Dairyman (1922)

ALDENHEIM The Aldenheim herd is the joint property of J. M. Hemingway, Hampton, Iowa, and Clyde Sawyer, Latimer, Iowa, and is headed by King Pontiac Changeling Geiske, a remarkably well bred young bull whose pedigree includes a ...

Google previewHoard's Dairyman (1914)

The herd is the sign to judge the manager by, and yet it is so often overHOT WEATHER the ideal time to use a looked entirely. One can...

Google previewAnnabel (2011)

A Novel by Kathleen Winter

The herd is a fabric you can't cut or tear, passing over the land. If you could see the herd from the sky, if you were a falcon or a king eider, it would appear like softly floating gauze over the face of the snow, no more substantial than a cloud.

Google previewThe Light in High Places (2009)

A Naturalist Looks at Wyoming Wilderness, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Cowboys, and Other Rare Species by Joe Hutto

at a value of $7 or $8 a pound—well, do the math—that $4,200 from one bull herd is a cowboy's fortune. combining the antler value with one hundred or more prime coyote pelts, at a minimum value of $50 each, the addition of an airplane to ...

Google previewFree Range Pig Farming (2009)

Starting Out by Lee A. McCosker

We have found that on the occasions that we have an outbreak of lice or mange, the best remedy for a large herd is a chemical treatment. No matter what sort of treatment you use, ensure that the ears are treated as they are a breeding ground ...

Google previewMr. Monk and Philosophy (2011)

The Curious Case of the Defective Detective by D. E. Wittkower

The herd is the Court of Public Opinion: it is the mass of unthinking followers of trends, public figures, and fads. The herd is made up of common humans and must be transgressed in order to achieve the full potential of human greatness: the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Epidemiology (2008)

by Sarah Boslaugh

Herd immunity describes a state in which an infectious disease transmissible through human contact is unlikely to spread because a large proportion of the population is immune to the disease. This immunity can be conferred through natural ...

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Small photo of Drovers or cowboys herding a herd of black cows or steers along a dirt track through open grassland viewed at a distance over green grassSmall photo of Jojawar, INDIA - February 27, 2015: Unidentified Indian man walking with his herd of goats near the city of JojawarSmall photo of Scio, Oregon/USA - May 20, 2018: A shepherd and his sheepdog entered the field to herd sheep in a sheepdog trial.Small photo of Small deer herdSmall photo of Sheeps herdSmall photo of Horse herdSmall photo of Herd of goats with his sheepdog and shepherd on a mountain road in the national park of Peneda Geres, north of Portugal. These small herds have an important ecological function by eating burnable bush More...

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Quotes about Herd

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. (Bertrand Russell)
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Scrabble value of H4E1R1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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