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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sheepnoun

    woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat

  2. sheepnoun

    a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon

  3. sheepnoun

    a docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision

    "his students followed him like sheep"


  1. sheepnoun

    A woolly ruminant of the genus Ovis.

  2. sheepnoun

    A timid, shy person who is easily led by others.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sheepnoun

    plural likewise sheep.

    Etymology: sceap , Saxon; of which the plural was seep ; schaep, Dutch.

    Fire the brambles, snare the birds, and steep
    In wholesome water-falls the fleecy sheep. Dryden.

    Of substances there are two sorts of ideas; one of single substances, as they exist separately, as a man or sheep. John Locke.


  1. Sheep

    Sheep is a song by English band Pink Floyd, released on the album Animals in 1977. In 1974, it was originally titled "Raving and Drooling". It was written by bassist Roger Waters.


  1. sheep

    Sheep are domesticated ruminant animals, typically kept as livestock, which are covered with a thick coat of fleece. They are a mammal species of the genus Ovis. Sheep are raised primarily for their wool, meat, and milk. They are also known for their herding behavior and are often associated with pastoral, agricultural societies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheep

    any one of several species of ruminants of the genus Ovis, native of the higher mountains of both hemispheres, but most numerous in Asia

  2. Sheep

    a weak, bashful, silly fellow

  3. Sheep

    fig.: The people of God, as being under the government and protection of Christ, the great Shepherd

  4. Etymology: [OE. shep, scheep, AS. scp, scep; akin to OFries. skp, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. scf, Skr. chga. 295. Cf. Sheepherd.]


  1. Sheep

    "Sheep" is a song by English band Pink Floyd, released on the album Animals in 1977. In 1974, it was originally titled "Raving and Drooling".

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Sheep

    Any of the ruminant mammals with curved horns in the genus Ovis, family Bovidae. They possess lachrymal grooves and interdigital glands, which are absent in GOATS.

Editors Contribution

  1. sheep

    A type of animal.

    The farmer put his sheep out to graze on the mountains, they were all chipped so he knew accurately which ones were his and were they were when he needed them.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 18, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sheep' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3501

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sheep' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1854

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sheep' in Nouns Frequency: #1378

Anagrams for sheep »

  1. Ephes.

  2. HEPES

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheep in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheep in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sheep in a Sentence

  1. Pastor Kendall:

    The Bible tells us, there's always going to be false teachers in the church, my job as a pastor is protect the sheep from the wolves, and to not just point them to the truth, but to warn them when these false teachers come in and try to take people away.

  2. Eric MacLeish:

    There's no explanation, quite frankly, for an environment like St. George's School, which allowed these predators dressed up like sheep to prey like wolves on children at the school.

  3. Bertrand de Jouvenal:

    A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.

  4. Tallyrand:

    I am more afriad of an army of 100 sheep lead by a lion than an army of 100 lions lead by a sheep.

  5. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Better to live with one sheep, than be crowded with wolves.

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