What does Black Sheep mean?

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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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Black Sheep in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Black Sheep in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Wayne:

    A black sheep in the family, no doubt

  2. Rob Pengson:

    In the past, Asian fusion in Asia was generally weak, scattered by half-hearted attempts at innovation, now, I see more chefs pushing the envelope -- at restaurants including Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong, Narisawa in Japan, Gaggan in Thailand, Black Sheep in Manila and so many more.

Images & Illustrations of Black Sheep

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