Fanboys of Apple’s iPhone have been derogatorily called sheeple for years, but it must be an absolutely amazing feeling to know that the tag is now officially…

Hey, sheeple; you made it into the dictionary!

Fanboys of Apple’s iPhone have been derogatorily called sheeple for years, but it must be an absolutely amazing feeling to know that the tag is now officially an English word, having made it into the dictionary. Straight out of Merriam Websters, we have a definition complete with examples, including one that specifically mentions the word in connection with the iPhone:


Definition of sheeple

: people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced : people likened to sheep

  • James Nichols, who ran the family farm here, stamped dollar bills with red ink in protest against currency and told his neighbors that they were “sheeple” for obeying authority like livestock. — Sara Rimer and James Bennet
  • Apple’s debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone — an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for. — Doug Criss

You can see the definition on the Merriam Websters website right HERE.

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Of course, if you run a Google search for the same word, good old Google throws you a similar definition:


people compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led.
by the time the sheeple wake up and try to change things, it will be too late

But Google isn’t a dictionary. We have Merriam Websters for making this historic moment happen. Sheeple is officially an English word. Congrats, sheeple; you made it. Wear your tag proudly or with your chest, as we love to put it around here. It is party time! Let’s pop those bottles. Where is the celebration holding?

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. You guys here seem to have a personal beef with Apple, Apple fans and everything Apple stands for. You seem pretty excited about this.

  2. But Google Isn’t A Dictionary

    i think Google is a dictionary, among numerous other things like calculator currency converter, translator, etc…

    I bet if Google doesn’t know a word, it doesn’t exist, and there would be words not found in a conventional dictionary that Google.would provide a definition for..

  3. SHEEPLE is not a new word. It has been in a standard dictionary for over a decade now. My seventh edition Collins English Dictionary(2005) records it, and it’s possible(I didn’t check) that Chambers and Oxford dictionaries have earlier entries.
    This post tells me about Mr Mo’s dictionary preference. It also tells me that he is not a (regular) Scrabble player.

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