A sheep is a four-legged farm animal with a thick, wooly coat. Sheep are raised for this wool, as well as for meat, and they're known for their habit of staying close together in a flock.

If you have a big flock of sheep, you might want to consider a herding dog or two to keep them in line. Have trouble falling asleep? Try counting sheep, a time-honored method of visualizing one sheep after another jumping over a fence, until you drift off. Sheep can also be used to describe people who never act independently and simply follow the crowd.

Definitions of sheep

n woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat

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female sheep
ram, tup
uncastrated adult male sheep
male sheep especially a castrated one
black sheep
sheep with a black coat
Ovis aries, domestic sheep
any of various breeds raised for wool or edible meat or skin
sheep that leads the herd often wearing a bell
sheep with long wool originating in the Cotswold Hills
Hampshire, Hampshire down
British breed of hornless dark-faced domestic sheep
long-wooled mutton sheep originally from Lincolnshire
horned sheep of Devon; valued for mutton
hardy hornless sheep of the Cheviot Hills noted for its short thick wool
broadtail, caracul, karakul
hardy coarse-haired sheep of central Asia; lambs are valued for their soft curly black fur
a domestic long-wool sheep
merino, merino sheep
white sheep originating in Spain and producing a heavy fleece of exceptional quality
hardy sheep developed from the merino producing both good mutton and fine wool
Type of:
hollow-horned ruminants

n a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon

Type of:
simple, simpleton
a person lacking intelligence or common sense

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

“his students followed him like sheep
Type of:
a person who accepts the leadership of another

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