shepherd

A shepherd is a person who herds flocks or groups of animals. If you traveled to Tibet, you might see a yak shepherd.

Shepherd comes from the Old English sceaphierde: sheepherder. Such a person protects sheep from animals that would attack them, keeps them from wandering, and otherwise takes care of the flock. The word is also a verb that describes care of a group — sheep, other animals, even people. You might shepherd your herd of goats, or shepherd your younger siblings through the transition from elementary to middle school.

Definitions of shepherd
1

n a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock

Synonyms:
sheepherder, sheepman
Types:
shepherdess
a woman shepherd
Type of:
drover, herder, herdsman
someone who drives a herd

n a clergyman who watches over a group of people

Type of:
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend
a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church

v tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats

Type of:
tend
have care of or look after

v watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils

Type of:
guard, ward
watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect

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