Sheep on the road.
- A fuzzy white animal that can be shaved to get wool is an example of a sheep.
- A person who does what his friends says and doesn't think for himself at all is an example of a sheep.
- any of a wide variety of bovid ruminants, with horns in both sexes; esp., the domesticated sheep (Ovis aries), having heavy wool, edible flesh called mutton, and skin used in making leather, parchment, etc.
- leather made from the skin of the sheep, as for bookbinding
- a person who is meek, stupid, timid, submissive, etc.
Origin of sheepMiddle English schep ; from Old English sceap, scæp, akin to German schaf: known only in West Germanic
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nounpl. sheep sheep
- a. A domesticated ruminant mammal (Ovis aries) having a thick coat, raised in many breeds for its wool, edible flesh, or hide.b. Any of various wild ruminant mammals related to and resembling the domestic sheep, such as the aoudad, bighorn sheep, and mouflon.c. Leather made from the skin of one of these animals.
- a. A person regarded as timid, weak, or submissive.b. One who is easily swayed or led.
Origin of sheepMiddle English, from Old English scēap.
From Middle English sheep, scheep, schep, schepe, from Old English scÄ“ap, from Proto-Germanic *skÄ“pÄ… (compare West Frisian skiep, North Frisian schÃ¤ip (in the Fering-Ã–Ã¶mrang dialect, sjep; in the SÃ¶lring dialect, sjip; in the Heligoland dialect, skeap), Dutch schaap, German Schaf), beside *keppÃ´n (compare Old Norse kjappi (“he-goat"), dialectal German Kippe (“newborn calf")), of unknown origin. Perhaps from the same Scythian word (compare Ossetian Ñ†Ó•Ñƒ (cÃ¦w, “goat"), Persian Ú†Ù¾Ø´ (ÄapiÅ¡, “yearling goat")) which was borrowed into Albanian as cjap, sqap (“he-goat") and into Slavic (compare Polish cap).