Definition of herd noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɜːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɜːrd//
    Groups of animals, Animal farming, Farm animals
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  1. 1a group of animals of the same type that live and feed together a herd of cows/deer/elephants a beef/dairy herd compare flock See related entries: Groups of animals, Animal farming, Farm animals
  2. 2(usually disapproving) a large group of people of the same type She pushed her way through a herd of lunchtime drinkers. the common herd (= ordinary people) Why follow the herd (= do and think the same as everyone else)?
  3. Word OriginOld English heord, of Germanic origin; related to German Herde.Extra examples If you feel so strongly, why follow the herd= do the same as everybody else? She prided herself on standing out from the common herd. The animals tend to graze in a herd. The farm has only a small dairy herd. They hired a thundering herd of corporate executives. a large herd of cows Zebras live in herds with a dominant stallion as the herd leader. a herd of cows/​deer/​elephantsIdioms
    ride herd on somebody/something
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    (North American English, informal) to keep watch or control over somebody/something police riding herd on crowds of youths on the streets
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