One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who tends grazing cattle.
- ‘Cowherds and shepherdesses wandered past with their flocks, shy and silent.’
- ‘Born among those who tend cattle, the cowherd Krishna indulged in endless pranks.’
- ‘They travelled in a decorated chariot, followed on foot by the cowherds.’
- ‘As a result he was scolded by the cowherd's wife as a lazy ‘good-for-nothing,’.’
- ‘Born in the darkness of prison cells, rescued by the community of cowherds, Krishna's childhood is differently cast.’
- ‘The cowherds in the distance beckoned their cattle.’
- ‘I have watched a cowherd lean on his staff, in silent waters that hide his worn feet.’
- ‘Schools and shops closed: milkmaids and cowherds had taken a holiday.’
- ‘As an adolescent Krishna was seen as a flute-playing cowherd, enticing the village girls to come and dance to the tunes.’
- ‘The satyr holds a long cowherd's horn in his hands.’
- ‘Telemachus joins him with the cowherd and the swineherd.’
- ‘She is the last to sleep, the first to wake even earlier than the early-rising cowherds and shepherds.’
- ‘He might as well claim, absurdly, that cowherds fatten their flocks for the good of the cows themselves.’
- ‘A hope that one day, the dusky, beautiful God of the cowherds and the shepherds would salvage her callously broken dreams.’
- ‘A cowherd leads cows down a rural road at Reit im Winkl, Germany.’
- ‘Teenage boys dressed as cowherds form human pyramids to reach and break the pots.’
- ‘The much-despised Munnuswamy, was a cowherd who sold milk to the people in the Big House.’
- ‘He was a cowherd and his wife was a maidservant.’
- ‘Zuma worked as a cowherd to supplement his mother's meagre income.’
- ‘Krishna raises Mount Govardhan on his little finger to save the milkmaids and cowherds from a terrible storm.’
Old English, from cow + obsolete herd ‘herdsman’.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.