n. People who are meek, easily persuaded, and tend to follow the crowd.
Speaker Finneran informed his sheeple, I mean people, of their impending "voluntary" pay cuts at a caucus Wednesday afternoon.
—Howie Carr, “These are unhappy times for Hackerama denizens,” The Boston Herald, March 01, 2002
It is too easy to draw comparisons with George Orwell's warnings in his writings. However, the British people had better start waking up to what is taking place in this country instead of behaving like "sheeple" who can easily be frightened by bogymen and fettered and herded into an unthinking herd just as was the fate of the animals in Animal Farm.
—Brian Hosie, “Flaws in Conservative vision,” The Herald (Glasgow), October 18, 1995
1984 (earliest)
This is the home of Barbara Anderson and the headquarters of her American Opinion Bookstore. The store, in a dusty room behind dusty curtains near her front door, stocks about 500 right-wing tracts ("The Church Deceived," "None Dare Call Conspiracy"). Mrs. Anderson begins every book sale with a lecture, and in this instance she derides taxpayers in general as submissive "sheep people" — or "sheeple" for short.
—Bob Davis, “In New Hampshire, 'Live Free or Die' Is More Than a Motto,” The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 1984
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