You can refer to a group of people who you perceive to be blindly trudging through life according to the path laid before them by the state/evil corporations as sheeple, but how would you refer to any individual member of that group?

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    I cannot resist suggesting wetherman, as suggesting both ovinity and emasculation; but the joke only works in written English and for a limited audience. May 2, 2017 at 16:07
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    Since it's formed from a blend of sheep and people, may I suggest sherson.
    – WS2
    May 2, 2017 at 16:36
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    @WS2 you wouldn't be the first... google.co.uk/…
    – Spagirl
    May 2, 2017 at 16:40
  • In actual usage sheeple is both plural and singular, just like sheep itself is. May 2, 2017 at 20:19

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The singular form of sheeple is sheeple. This makes sense, as a defining characteristic of sheeple is a lack of individuality. Also, while one half of the portmanteau (people) is a plural noun, the other half (sheep) is used both for the flock and for the individual, and this latter usage is the one that seems to have been transferred to the mashup. So, for example, Oxford Dictionaries defines the term as


People compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led.

But even though it is defined as a plural noun, the second example sentence provided with this definition is

‘I don't possess pack instinct, I'm not a sheeple.’

Other examples of this usage (bolding mine):

If you want to make a difference and don't want to be a sheeple, then practice what you preach in your personal life. (Alan Millard, Land, People, Politics, and Ignorance, 2010)

RISE OF THE AMERICAN SHEEPLE: 10 Signs You’re A Sheeple (Truedemocracyparty.net, 2013)

But being a follower does not equate to becoming a “sheeple”—a person who cannot think for him or herself and needs constant direction and guidance to perform the simplest of tasks. (Eric A. Kreuter & ‎Kenneth M. Moltner, Treatment and Management of Maladaptive Schemas, 2014)

Are you ready to stop being a sheeple?
For those of you who don’t know what a sheeple is it’s a person who goes along and follows what everyone else is doing, especially the media and such. (Michelle Hastie, TotalBodyHealthSolutions.com)

You can find many, many more examples with a quick phrase search for "a sheeple", both in Google Books and in the wider web.


Sheeperson (urbandictionary.com)

  1. a: One who follows the crowd.

b: One who values conformity, or at least commonly participates in it.

  1. a: Someone who relies on others for their sense of identity.

  2. Singular version of sheeple.

  • I have never heard that used, so I'd say its purely theoretical. Sheeple is both singular and plural, just like sheep itself is. May 2, 2017 at 20:18
  • Urban Dictionary is not "set in stone". We can still make the singular be "shope" if we want to. Just have to get enough people to start using it. May 2, 2017 at 21:08

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