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    #21

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

    Yes...there is Mounty:

    YOU

    hahahahahah

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    #22

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

    It's ovine - like a sheep
    Bovine - like a cow

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

    Oh, someone who blindly follows the leader, regardless of how stupid that leader is?

    In America, we call those people Republicans.

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    #24

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

    I've posted this one before, but somehow it just doesn't appear... Single word for sheep-like is OVINE


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

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Oh, someone who blindly follows the leader, regardless of how stupid that leader is?
    In America, we call those people Republicans.


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    #26

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    '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.
    How about 'Partisan'?

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    #27

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

    The problem may be that you're looking for an equivalent to gregario - i.e. an adjective. Many people would call someone who was gregario 'a sheep' (not directly, as in 'You're a sheep', but indirectly, as in 'Don't you think you're being a bit of a sheep?)

    Back to the original question: certainly not 'sheepish' - which means something else. There is the academic word 'ovine', but I've never seen it anywhere but a poem or a very dry text. I've never heard it, except in a jocular context among academics.

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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 say that "conformist" is a suitable word although the neologism "sheeple" is used on a number of forums that I frequent and google returns 603,000 hits for that term, the very first of which being:
    Quote Originally Posted by google
    Sheeplenet
    Sheeple are people that follow blindly and never question their leaders.

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

    I like 'sheeple'- I hadn't come across it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I like 'sheeple'- I hadn't come across it.
    Me too (and neither), although failing eye-sight made me misread it at first as 'sheepie', which isn't nearly as good.

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