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A person who herds sheep, especially on an open range; a shepherd.

sheep′herd′ing n.
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(Agriculture) US another name for shepherd1
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(ˈʃɛp ərd)

1. a person who herds, tends, and guards sheep.
2. a person who protects, guides, or watches over other people.
3. a cleric or pastor.
5. to tend or guard as a shepherd.
6. to watch over, guide, or lead.
[before 1050; Middle English, Old English scēphyrde. See sheep, herd2]
shep′herd•less, adj.
shep′herd•like`, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sheepherder - a herder of sheep (on an open range)sheepherder - a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock
drover, herdsman, herder - someone who drives a herd
shepherdess - a woman shepherd
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n (US) → Schäfer(in) m(f)
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Or try the sheepherder skillet, a basic egg, potato and cheese concoction that tastes even better when doused in hot sauce.
One of the men was a sheepherder visiting town after several months in the mountains.
As a finale, she declared, "My life turned out pretty good for a sheepherder!"