sheep·​ish | \ ˈshē-pish How to pronounce sheepish (audio) \

Definition of sheepish

1 : resembling a sheep: such as
a : meek, timid
b : stupid
2 : affected by or showing embarrassment caused by consciousness of a fault a sheepish grin

Other Words from sheepish

sheepishly adverb
sheepishness noun

Examples of sheepish in a Sentence

He felt a little sheepish. a sheepish scholar who is most comfortable when surrounded by books
Recent Examples on the Web And the once sheepish Earn is now asking brave enough to ask to get that money in advance at Paper Boi's request after he is detained in Amsterdam prison. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 25 Mar. 2022 Parents and runners broke into applause as Alejandro looked on with a sheepish grin. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Since adopting an Australian labradoodle a few months ago, Luke Kanies has felt a little sheepish that his new pet, Westley, doesn’t align with his nonconformist lifestyle. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, 14 Apr. 2022 The tone of the announcement — breathless, sheepish, exuberant — wasn’t the sort of thing one associates with research scientists. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Britney Spears posted a sheepish apology over her legendary dancing ability on Sunday (March 6), and Nicki Minaj is having none of it. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 7 Mar. 2022 On that day, the assemblyman herding AB 1400 through the legislature looked around and saw few supporters among his sheepish colleagues. Will Swaim, National Review, 7 Mar. 2022 The leader of the pair was older, meaner, raspy-voiced and coffee-breathed, and would sometimes assault her younger and smaller partner, who seemed sheepish about the operation. Demian Bulwa, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Mar. 2022 The broadcast later showed him back on the bench, with a sheepish look. Ian Crouch, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sheepish

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sheep·​ish | \ ˈshē-pish How to pronounce sheepish (audio) \

Kids Definition of sheepish

1 : like a sheep (as in being meek or shy)
2 : feeling or showing embarrassment especially over being discovered having done something wrong or foolish a sheepish look

Other Words from sheepish

sheepishly adverb

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Nglish: Translation of sheepish for Spanish Speakers


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