from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sheep with black fleece.
  • noun One who is considered disreputable or disgraceful by his or her relatives or associates.

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  • noun Used other than as an idiom: see black,‎ sheep.
  • noun idiomatic a nonconformist; an unusual or unconventional person
  • noun idiomatic a disliked person; one who is disfavored

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  • noun a reckless and unprincipled reprobate
  • noun sheep with a black coat


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  • Someone different from other members of the family (not necessarily with a negative sense)

    November 20, 2007