plural noun
shee·​ple | \ˈshē-pəl \

Definition of sheeple 


: people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced : people likened to sheep James Nichols, who ran the family farm here, stamped dollar bills with red ink in protest against currency and told his neighbors that they were "sheeple" for obeying authority like livestock.— Sara Rimer and James Bennet

Examples of sheeple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Maestro Federer has legitimized skipping the clay season even though healthy and now all the sheeple on the ATP tour are following along. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: The Ups and Downs of Sloane Stephens," 4 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sheeple.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of sheeple

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sheeple

blend of sheep and people entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sheeple

Statistics for sheeple

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sheeple

The first known use of sheeple was in 1945

See more words from the same year

Comments on sheeple

What made you want to look up sheeple? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


by force of circumstances

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!