plural noun
shee·​ple | \ ˈshē-pəl How to pronounce sheeple (audio) \

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 Singularity throws images of liberation back at a nation of sheeple. Armond White, National Review, "Rebellion, New Order–Style: What Happened to It?," 16 Apr. 2020 Unlike in the world of sheeple, who are so obsessed with buying this and owning that, money doesn’t matter in my happy place. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, "My Happy Place," 20 Feb. 2020 The cancel culture is often stoked by sheeples with no interest in drilling down to truths. Washington Post, "Let’s cancel ‘OK Boomer’ in 2020, and the humblebrag, too," 6 Dec. 2019 Chemtrails, fluoride, vaccines, antidepressants: In the politics of conspiracy, these poisons are what turn people into sheeple. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of sheeple

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sheeple

blend of sheep and people entry 1

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“Sheeple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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