Definitions for Black Sheep

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

black′ sheep′(n.)

  1. a person who causes shame or embarrassment because of deviation from the accepted standards of his or her group.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scapegrace, black sheep(noun)

    a reckless and unprincipled reprobate

  2. black sheep(noun)

    sheep with a black coat


  1. black sheep(Noun)

    a nonconformist; an unusual or unconventional person


  1. Black sheep

    In the English language, black sheep is an idiom used to describe an odd or disreputable member of a group, especially within a family. The term stems from the genetic effect in sheep whereby a recessive gene occasionally manifests in the birth of a sheep with black rather than white coloring; these sheep stand out in the flock. The term has typically been given negative implications, implying waywardness. It derived from the atypical and unwanted presence of other black individuals in flocks of white sheep. In psychology, the black sheep effect refers to the tendency of group members to judge likeable ingroup members more positively and deviant ingroup member more negatively than comparable outgroup members.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

black sheep

a member of a family or group who is unsatisfactory in some way

My brother is the black sheep of the family.

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