(SHEE.pul) n. People who are meek, easily persuaded, and tend to follow the crowd (sheep + people).

Example Citation:
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 1, 2002

Earliest Citation:
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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