from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sheep with black fleece.
- n. A member of a family or other group who is considered undesirable or disreputable.
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- n. Used other than as an idiom: see black, sheep.
- n. a nonconformist; an unusual or unconventional person
- n. a disliked person; one who is disfavored
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. one in a family or company who is unlike the rest, and makes trouble.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a reckless and unprincipled reprobate
- n. sheep with a black coat
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The eldest brother the Marquis of Haverston, the second an earl, the third the black sheep of the family, and Anthony a close second.
In a nearby field black sheep grazed among black-eyed Susans.
One day a swivel-chair pilot, an equip - ment officer, made the amazing discovery that there was a black sheep in his flock.
His handsome face bloated into the plain round pock-marked face of the bailiff’s black sheep son.
Euphrates, from the mouth to the sources of those rivers, was reduced to his obedience: he entered Edessa; and the Turkmans of the black sheep were chastised for the sacrilegious pillage of a caravan of Mecca.
I never heard him utter an irrevocable judgment, even when the black sheep of the estate, a foul-mouthed farmer of whose malpractices he had had to complain to the landlord, had accused him of some dishonest trick or other.
His father was the black sheep of a prosperous but unforgiving Irish family, his mother was the daughter of the German butcher in Winton; when she insisted on marrying Luke senior, she also was disowned.
Those who saw him told me he looked pleased; but he sent me no message showing a change of viewpoint, and the gulf between the family and its black sheep remained unbridged.