sheep

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noun, often attributive \ˈshēp\

Definition of sheep

plural

sheep

  1. 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. 2a :  a timid defenseless creatureb :  a timid docile person; especially :  one easily influenced or led

  3. 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>

Origin and Etymology of sheep

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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SHEEP Defined for English Language Learners

sheep

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noun, often attributive \ˈshēp\

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

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noun \ˈshēp\

Definition of sheep for Students

plural

sheep

  1. 1 :  an animal related to the goat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin

  2. 2 :  a weak helpless person who is easily led



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