From Old English sceaphierde ( scēaphierde ), a compound of scēap ( “sheep” ) and hierde ( “herdsman” ) .
shepherd ( plural: shepherds )
shepherd ( third-person singular simple present shepherds present participle shepherding, simple past and past participle shepherded )
tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils
a herder of sheep ( on an open range )
a clergyman who watches over a group of people