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sheep

 (shēp)
n. pl. sheep
1.
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.
2.
a. A person regarded as timid, weak, or submissive.
b. One who is easily swayed or led.

[Middle English, from Old English scēap.]

sheep

(ʃiːp)
n, pl sheep
1. (Animals) any of various bovid mammals of the genus Ovis and related genera, esp O. aries (domestic sheep), having transversely ribbed horns and a narrow face. There are many breeds of domestic sheep, raised for their wool and for meat.
2. (Animals) Barbary sheep another name for aoudad
3. a meek or timid person, esp one without initiative
4. separate the sheep from the goats to pick out the members of any group who are superior in some respects
[Old English sceap; related to Old Frisian skēp, Old Saxon scāp, Old High German scāf]
ˈsheepˌlike adj

SHEEP

(ʃiːp)
acronym for
(Stock Exchange) Sky High Earnings Expectations Possibly: applied to investments that appear to offer high returns but may be unreliable

sheep

(ʃip)

n., pl. sheep.
1. any of several ruminant mammals, esp. of the genus Ovis, closely related to goats, esp. the domesticated O. aries.
2. leather made from the skin of these animals.
3. a meek, unimaginative, or easily led person.
[before 900; Old English (Anglian) scēp, c. Old Frisian skēp, Old Saxon scāp, Old High German scāf]

sheep

lamb
1. 'sheep'

A sheep is a farm animal with a thick woolly coat. The plural of sheep is sheep.

The farmer has six hundred sheep.
A flock of sheep was grazing on the hill.
2. 'lamb'

A lamb is a young sheep.

The field was full of little lambs.

The meat of a young sheep is called lamb. When it is used with this meaning, lamb is an uncountable noun.

For dinner, we had lamb and potatoes.

The meat of an adult sheep is called mutton, but this meat is less common in Britain and America than lamb. Don't use 'sheep' to refer to the meat of a sheep.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sheep - woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goatsheep - woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat
bovid - hollow-horned ruminants
genus Ovis, Ovis - sheep
ewe - female sheep
tup, ram - uncastrated adult male sheep; "a British term is `tup'"
wether - male sheep especially a castrated one
black sheep - sheep with a black coat
domestic sheep, Ovis aries - any of various breeds raised for wool or edible meat or skin
trotter - foot of a pig or sheep especially one used as food
withers - the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of various animals especially draft animals
fold, flock - a group of sheep or goats
herd - a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans
2.sheep - a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
3.sheep - a docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision; "his students followed him like sheep"
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another

sheep

noun
Related words
adjective ovine
male ram, tup
female ewe
young lamb, yeanling
collective noun flock
Quotations
"He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter" Bible: Isaiah

Breeds of sheep

Beulah Speckled-face, bighorn or mountain sheep, Blackface, Black Welsh Mountain, Blue-faced or Hexham Leicester, Border Leicester, Boreray, Brecknock Hill Cheviot, British Bleu du Maine, British Charollais, British Friesland, British Milksheep, British Oldenburg, British Texel, British Vendéen, Cambridge, Cheviot, Clun Forest, Colbred, Corriedale, Cotswold, Dalesbred, Dartmoor, Derbyshire Gritstone, Devon and Cornwall Longwool, Devon Closewool, Dorset Down, Dorset Horn, East Friesland, English Halfbred, Exmoor Horn, Hampshire Down, Hebridian or St. Kilda, Herdwick, Hill Radnor, Île de France, Jacob, karakul, caracul, or broadtail, Kerry Hill, Leicester Longwool, Lincoln Longwool, Llanwenog, Lleyn, Lonk, Manx Loghtan, Masham, Merino, Mule, Norfolk Horn, North Country Cheviot, Orkney or North Ronaldsay, Oxford or Oxfordshire Down, Polwarth, Portland, Rambouillet, Romney Marsh, Rouge de l'Ouest, Rough Fell, Ryeland, Scottish Blackface, Scottish Halfbred, Shetland, Shropshire, Soay, Southdown, South Wales Mountain, Suffolk, Swaledale, Teeswater, Texel, Welsh Halfbred, Welsh Hill Speckled, Welsh Mountain, Welsh Mountain Badger Faced, Welsh Mule, Wensleydale Longwool, White Face Dartmoor, Whitefaced Woodland, Wiltshire Horn
Translations
خَرُوفخَروف، شاه، غنَم
овца
ovella
ovce
får
SchafBokkie
ŝafo
lammas
گوسفند
lammashiirulainen
ovca
juhbirka
biri-biridomba
kindsauðfésauðkindsauðurær
ovis
aviganisavispasimetussuglumus
aita
oaie
ovca
ovcaoven
får
แกะ
con cừucừu

sheep

[ʃiːp]
A. N (pl inv) → oveja f
to be the black sheep of the familyser la oveja negra de la familia
to make sheep's eyes at sbmirar a algn con ojos de cordero
we must sort out or separate the sheep from the goatstenemos que apartar or separar el grano de la paja
B. CPD sheep dip N(baño m) desinfectante m para ovejas
sheep farm Ngranja f de ovejas, granja f ovina, granja f de ganado lanar
sheep farmer Ncriador(a) m/f de ganado lanar, ganadero/a m/f de ovejas
sheep farming Nganadería f ovina or lanar, cría f de ganado ovino or lanar
sheep run Npasto m de ovejas, dehesa f de ovejas
sheep track Ncañada f (de pastoreo)
sheep worrying Nacoso m de ovejas

sheep

[ˈʃiːp] [sheep] (pl) nmouton m

sheep

n pl <-> (lit, fig)Schaf nt; to count sheepSchäfchen zählen; to separate the sheep from the goats (fig)die Schafe von den Böcken trennen; to make sheep’s eyes at somebodyjdn anhimmeln; you might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb (prov) → wennschon, dennschon

sheep

:
sheep-dip
nDesinfektionsbad ntfür Schafe; (for mange) → Räudebad nt
sheepdog
nHütehund m
sheepdog trials
plGehorsamkeits- und Geschicklichkeitsprüfungen plfür Hütehunde
sheep farm
nSchaffarm f
sheep farmer
nSchafzüchter(in) m(f)
sheep farming
nSchafzucht f
sheepfold
nSchafhürde f

sheep

:
sheep run
nSchafweide f
sheepshearer
n (= person)Schafscherer(in) m(f)
sheepshearing
nSchafschur f
sheepskin
n
Schaffell nt; sheep (jacket)Schaffelljacke f
(US inf: = diploma) → Pergament nt
sheepwalk
n (Brit) → Schafweide f

sheep

[ʃiːp] n pl invpecora
to make sheep's eyes at sb (fig) → fare gli occhi dolci a qn

sheep

(ʃiːp) plural sheep noun
a kind of animal related to the goat, whose flesh is used as food and from whose wool clothing is made. a flock of sheep.
ˈsheepish adjective
embarrassed. a sheepish expression.
ˈsheepishly adverb
ˈsheepdog noun
a dog (of a kind often) trained to work with sheep.

sheep

خَرُوف ovce får Schaf πρόβατο oveja lammas mouton ovca pecora schaap sau owca carneiro овца får แกะ koyun con cừu

sheep

n. oveja, carnero.