• (GA) IPA: /ˈʃɛpɚd/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈʃɛpəd/
  1. A person who tends sheep, especially a grazing flock.
    • 1906, Stanley J[ohn] Weyman, chapter I, in Chippinge Borough, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., OCLC 580270828 ↗, page 01 ↗:
      It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
  2. (figurative) Someone who watches over, looks after, or guides somebody.
    • 1769, Oxford Standard text, Bible (King James), Psalms 23:1
      The smallcaps Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
  3. (figurative) The pastor of a church; one who guides others in religion.
  4. (poetic) A swain; a rustic male lover.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

shepherd (shepherds, present participle shepherding; past and past participle shepherded)

  1. To watch over; to guide
  2. (Australian rules football) For a player to obstruct an opponent from getting to the ball, either when a teammate has it or is going for it, or if the ball is about to bounce through the goal or out of bounds.
Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A male given name

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