‘Sheeple’ Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary with Apple Users as Example


In an announcement on Twitter, Merriam-Webster has revealed that it has added the word “sheeple” to its dictionary, an informal word defined as “people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced” and thereby “likened to sheep”.

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As pointed out by a user on Reddit (via MacRumors), Apple users are mentioned as one of the examples in the dictionary, on how to use the word in a sentence.

The first example of the word in a sentence is pretty unremarkable…

James Nichols, who ran the family farm here, stamped dollar bills with red ink in protest against currency and told his neighbors that they were “sheeple” for obeying authority like livestock. — Sara Rimer and James Bennet

…but then there’s this:

Apple’s debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone—an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for. — Doug Criss

According to Merriam-Webster however, the first usage of the word “sheeple” was back in 1945, long before the advent of any Apple product or the company itself.


  • In my experience, anyone who would call Apple users “Sheeple” are normally Apple haters, and haven’t owned an iPhone in the past 5 years.
    On a number of occasions I’ve challenged them, saying “well, give me some examples why you hate iPhone”

    They ramble off a couple issues they’ve heard from others that have now been addressed, or never existed in the first place. When I show them everything they say iPhone cannot do, they are left somewhat speechless. Then they start grasping at straws trying to find additional reasons to bash Apple to ensure they’re still right.

    At that point I inform them, you’re just an uneducated hater. You only hate Apple because the rest of your Google users hate Apple, but you really don’t know why. Gripe about an experience 6 years ago with an iPhone 4 and think that’s what Apple Is.

    When it comes down to it, we are all sheep then. Let’s say we love the iPhone because we are told it’s so good. However, Googler user hate iPhone because they are told to by their peer, nothing but echoing what they hear. It’s all just a senseless game, fed to the easily influenced to start wars.