Definition of goatherd in US English:



  • A person who tends goats.

    • ‘Sons of former U.S. presidents are more likely to become President of the United States than humble goatherds.’
    • ‘A goatherd has been arrested, so his goats roam untended; a man has been brought in, bruised and handcuffed, for asking an American patrol for help for his wounded daughter.’
    • ‘Then Kriti met a goatherd whistling and hooting at his bleating goats.’
    • ‘Knight and squire crossed paths with a variety of rural characters - goatherds, galley slaves, innkeepers, and others - all of whom had rambling stories to tell.’
    • ‘After the madman leaves, Sancho tries to blame the goatherd for what happened, saying he should have warned them of the man's violent temper (even though the goatherd had warned them).’
    • ‘He went on to paint Dutch scenes as if they were further topographical reveries in an Italian landscape, although with cowmen instead of goatherds among the weirs and ivy-dripping ruins, as in The Ford.’
    • ‘He hoped to work the Write With A Quill Pen Exhibit, but as a part-time goatherd, he was deemed better suited for fence-post work.’
    • ‘I quite fancy the life of a goatherd in the Tajik hills, playing music on a bucket with spoons and wearing those cool trousers while dancing round a campfire toasting small woodland creatures.’
    • ‘We have a couple of Uzbeki goatherds waiting on nearby hills to relay the message back to London.’
    • ‘The cathedral priest invites the goatherd to join them and comments that since the goat is a female she can't control her natural instincts.’
    • ‘The goatherd helps the suitors get weapons, but the other herders stop him.’
    • ‘Eugenio (the goatherd telling the story) and Amselmo (not the character from the short story) are both seeking her hand in marriage and are both considered suitable.’
    • ‘So, you say that you were a goatherd working in Montgomery, Alabama, in the early 1970's?’
    • ‘Around the year 850 in southern Abyssinia, a young goatherd named Khaldi noticed that his goats were particularly frisky and frolicsome when he brought them home in the evening.’
    • ‘The woman who appears to be the goatherd says to them ‘Where are you going?’’
    • ‘An enormous sound system is erected on a basketball court behind the town hall, and grandmothers, soccer hooligans, priests, and goatherds dance in the open air until early morning.’
    • ‘This is ladanum gum, which the goatherds pluck from their charges.’
    • ‘My favorite starts with Gregorio, a former goatherd who, at the age of 50, moved to Texas, got fake papers and traveled around the country doing a wide variety of migrant labor jobs.’
    • ‘Instead of the bloody duels of epic, the new model of competition is the agonistic singing of the goatherds.’
    • ‘There he was raised by animals and discovered by a goatherd.’


Old English, from goat + obsolete herd ‘herdsman’.