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  1. Csilla Bagyi
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    Re: Is there a single word for `sheep-like' ?

    I guess you can say sheep I found this:be (like) sheep , If a group of people are (like) sheep, they all behave in the same way or all behave as they are told, and cannot or will not act independently.
    So you can say You are sheep, they are sheep

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    Re: Is there a single word for `sheep-like' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csilla Bagyi
    I guess you can say sheep I found this:be (like) sheep , If a group of people are (like) sheep, they all behave in the same way or all behave as they are told, and cannot or will not act independently.
    So you can say You are sheep, they are sheep
    If you say that "you guys are a bunch of sheep" that can mean two things:

    -they are afraid to speak up for themselves, afraid to come forward and say what's on their minds. They are shy, meekish, vulnerable or they simply act cowardly.
    -sheep ( other than the animal itself) also means a person lacking intelligence or common sense. Same as knucklehead, airhead, etc.

    As for the first category, I think the word "follower" would be the closest and possibly a "tagalong".

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    Re: Is there a single word for `sheep-like' ?

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    It seems that there is no single English word for the Spanish gregario, which describes one who unquestioningly and unthinkingly follows the herd. Can anyone think of one ?

    Note that the Spanish word is not the same as the English gregarious.
    From a very scientific perspective, "ovine" gives reference to being "sheep-like". So, there is a word for "Sheep-like"... not sure if you could use it to describe "someone" displaying "sheep-like" behaviours.

    Hope this helps...


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    Re: Is there a single word for `sheep-like' ?

    Or perhaps you litterally mean sheep-like... How about "sheepish"? That means shy or embarassed about something. You might reply to someones question "sheepishly".


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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Stooge', 'toady' or 'sidekick' are all in that area, but not exactly synonyms. 'Follower' can be used with that sense, but it doesn't have to have the negative connotation, which would normally be shown by saying 'just a follower'. I can't think of an exact match at the moment.
    in america we use "follower" but when people do the opposite such as a leader of group we say "leader" it follows another consept between the two


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    Re: Is there a single word for `sheep-like' ?

    Hello everybody, I am newcomer to this forum. I believe there is one word equvivalent to "sheep-like" in English "yesman" I think. Am I right? Isnīt that only colloquial term is it?


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    Re: Is there a single word for `sheep-like' ?

    Maybe a conformer or conventionalist.

    A conformer is one who changes easily to follow and a conventionalist is one who does thing similar to everyone else.

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    Re: Is there a single word for `sheep-like' ?

    Hi,
    The answer to your question 'Is there a single word for 'sheep-like'"? is Ovine

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    Re: Is there a single word for `sheep-like' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mounty View Post
    It seems that there is no single English word for the Spanish gregario, which describes one who unquestioningly and unthinkingly follows the herd. Can anyone think of one ?
    Note that the Spanish word is not the same as the English gregarious.
    I would use pliable. Answers.com defines this as - susceptible to being led or directed. The site also suggests fictile ( a new word to me) with the same meaning.

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