You all know what a sheep is right? If not, I’ll tell you…

A sheep is a farmyard animal with a thick woolly coat. They are kept for meat, milk, and wool. The singular form is sheep and the plural is also sheep (not sheeps!). A baby sheep is called a lamb (the ‘b’ is silent), a male sheep is called a ram and a female is called a ewe (pronounced like ‘you’).

The word ‘sheep’ is a slang word for a person who is easily influenced by others and follows the crowd.

e.g. Don’t be a sheep, buy the trainers you like not the ones all the cool kids have.

idioms and expressions about sheep

Click on the pictures below to learn some common idioms and expressions with sheep. Each idiom includes the meaning and a real-life picture example.​

animal idioms - sheep idioms and sayings - learn real life English
sheep sayings - black sheep of the family
sheep sayings - count sheep
sheep sayings - in two shakes of a lamb’s tail
sheep idioms and expressions - like lambs to the slaughter
sheep idioms and expressions - like lambs to the slaughter
sheep idioms and expressions - wolf in sheep’s clothing