sheep

noun, often attributive \ ˈshēp \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of sheep

plural sheep
1 : 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
2 a : a timid defenseless creature
b : a timid docile person; especially : one easily influenced or led
3 : leather prepared from the skins of sheep : sheepskin

Examples of sheep in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of sheep

Middle English, from Old English scēap; akin to Old High German scāf sheep

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SHEEP Defined for English Language Learners

sheep

noun

Definition of sheep for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SHEEP Defined for Kids

sheep

noun \ ˈshēp \

Definition of sheep for Students

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


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