Sheep vs Dear - What's the difference?

sheep | dear |

As nouns the difference between sheep and dear

is that sheep is a woolly ruminant of the genus ovis while dear is a very kind, loving person.

As an adjective dear is

loved; lovable or dear can be severe(ly affected), sore.

As a verb dear is

(obsolete) to endear.

As an adverb dear is

(obsolete) dearly; at a high price.




  • A woolly ruminant of the genus Ovis .
  • A timid, shy person who is easily led by others.
  • (chiefly, humorous)
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * black sheep * sheepdog * sheepfold * sheepish * sheeple * sheepskin * shoop (chiefly-humorous back-formation)


    * Abenaki: (l)

    See also

    * * Aries * ewe * lamb * mutton * ovine * ram * teg * tup * wether



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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) dere, from (etyl) .


  • Loved; lovable.
  • *
  • *:So this was my future home, I thought!Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • Loving, affectionate, heartfelt
  • :
  • Precious to or greatly valued by someone.
  • :
  • High in price; expensive.
  • :
  • A formal way to start (possibly after my ) addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter, memo etc.
  • :
  • A formal way to start (often after my ) addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly.
  • :
  • *, chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=“A very welcome, kind, useful present, that means to the parish. By the way, Hopkins, let this go no further. We don't want the tale running round that a rich person has arrived. Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing.
  • An ironic way to start (often after my ) addressing an inferior.
  • :
  • (lb) Noble.
  • Derived terms
    * dearly * dear me * dearness


    (en noun)
  • A very kind, loving person.
  • My cousin is such a dear , always drawing me pictures.
  • A beloved person
  • Synonyms
    * (kind loving person) darling
    Derived terms
    * oh dear * the dear knows


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To endear.
  • (Shelton)


    (en adverb)
  • (obsolete) dearly; at a high price
  • * Shakespeare
  • If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear .

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) dere, from (etyl) . Cognate with the above


    (en adjective)
  • Severe(ly affected), sore
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