Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Sheep
- make sheep's eyes at
Origin of Sheep
From Middle English sheep, scheep, schep, schepe, from Old English scÄ“ap, from Proto-Germanic *skÄ“pÄ… (compare West Frisian skiep, North Frisian schäip (in the Fering-Öömrang dialect, sjep; in the Sölring dialect, sjip; in the Heligoland dialect, skeap), Dutch schaap, German Schaf), beside *keppôn (compare Old Norse kjappi (“he-goat"), dialectal German Kippe (“newborn calf")), of unknown origin. Perhaps from the same Scythian word (compare Ossetian цӕу (cæw, “goat"), Persian چپش (čapiÅ¡, “yearling goat")) which was borrowed into Albanian as cjap, sqap (“he-goat") and into Slavic (compare Polish cap).
Middle English from Old English scēap
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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