noun, often attributive \ˈshēp\

: an animal with a thick woolly coat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin

: a person who does what other people say to do

plural sheep

Full Definition of SHEEP

:  any of various hollow-horned typically gregarious ruminant mammals (genus Ovis) related to the goats but stockier and lacking a beard in the male; specifically :  one (O. aries) long domesticated especially for its flesh and wool
a :  a timid defenseless creature
b :  a timid docile person; especially :  one easily influenced or led
:  leather prepared from the skins of sheep :  sheepskin

Examples of SHEEP

  1. <he came to see that the members of the cult were sheep who naively went along with whatever their leader dictated>

Origin of SHEEP

Middle English, from Old English scēap; akin to Old High German scāf sheep
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole
SHEEP Defined for Kids


noun \ˈshēp\
plural sheep

Definition of SHEEP for Kids

:  an animal related to the goat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin
:  a weak helpless person who is easily led
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