noun, plural sheep.
Origin of sheep
Examples from the Web for sheep
You will find winding pasture for sheep and highland cattle.
I had to pause for sheep crossing the road, which is a common occurrence when driving through the Highlands of Scotland.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan||December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Farmers, fearing ISIS attacks, have left the city with their sheep.
He notes that on Naxos sheep have very large gallbladders, but on Euboea they do not.
Another Yazidi man from south of the mountain near Tel Banat told me that his kreef is protecting his sheep.On the Ground, Collaborators With ISIS Could Be Its Big Weakness|Christine van den Toorn|August 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The next time I went out with apples, two sheep came to my call.
A sheep is then killed, and the blood is sprinkled over the clothing.Basutoland|Minnie Martin
By now he could not see distinctly every sheep which jumped over the fence but he was still counting them.The Boy Grew Older|Heywood Broun
Besides, some who came in sheeps clothing were not sheep, and gave false ideas of the entire flock.Dixie After the War|Myrta Lockett Avary
Species do not burrow in the skin, but produce a scab similar to sheep scab.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
British Dictionary definitions for sheep (1 of 2)
noun plural sheep
Word Origin for sheep
British Dictionary definitions for sheep (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for sheep
ruminant mammal, Old English sceap, scep, from West Germanic *skæpan (cf. Old Saxon scap, Old Frisian skep, Middle Low German schap, Middle Dutch scaep, Dutch schaap, Old High German scaf, German Schaf), of unknown origin. Not found in Scandinavian (cf. Danish faar "sheep") or Gothic (which uses lamb), and with no known cognates outside Germanic. The more usual Indo-European word for the animal is represented in English by ewe.
The plural form was leveled with the singular in Old English, but Old Northumbrian had a plural scipo. Used since Old English as a type of timidity and figuratively of those under the guidance of God. The meaning "stupid, timid person" is attested from 1540s. The image of the wolf in sheep's clothing was in Old English (from Matt. vii:15); that of separating the sheep from the goats is from Matt. xxv:33. To count sheep in a bid to induce sleep is recorded from 1854 but seems not to have been commonly written about until 1870s. It might simply be a type of a tedious activity, but an account of shepherd life from Australia from 1849 ["Sidney's Emigrant's Journal"] describes the night-shepherd ("hut-keeper") taking a count of the sheep regularly at the end of his shift to protect against being answerable for any animals later lost or killed.
Sheep's eyes "loving looks" is attested from 1520s (cf. West Frisian skiepseach, Dutch schaapsoog, German Schafsauge). A sheep-biter was "a dog that worries sheep" (1540s); "a mutton-monger" (1590s); and "a whore-monger" (1610s, i.e. one who "chases mutton"); hence Shakespeare's sheep-biting "thieving, sneaky."
Idioms and Phrases with sheep
see black sheep; hanged for a sheep; separate the sheep from the goats; wolf in sheep's clothing.