sheepish

adjective
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

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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 Prins looked sheepish, even a bit embarrassed, alone in his darkened room. Washington Post, "G2 were the kings of ‘Valorant’ in Europe. What happened?," 28 Dec. 2020 My dad said his father came home from the physical with a sheepish grin and a bit of pride, having been classified 1A, meaning his efforts to stay fit qualified him to serve. cleveland, "Retelling a World War II-vintage Christmas tale: Chris Quinn," 25 Dec. 2020 The clerk knitted her brows, but Xiaolei was sheepish and insistent, and at last the woman shrugged and gave her the pen and a piece of thin gray cardboard, the inside of a pillbox, to try it on. Te-ping Chen, The Atlantic, "Shanghai Murmur," 11 Dec. 2020 The sheepish approach has been surprising, especially for a president rarely shy to take credit, said Lawrence Gostin, a professor at Georgetown Law who focuses on public health. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Mike Pence, wife Karen, get coronavirus vaccine injections on live TV," 18 Dec. 2020 The sheepish approach has been surprising, especially for a president rarely shy to take credit, said Lawrence Gostin, a professor at Georgetown Law who focuses on public health. Zeke Miller And Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Pence, Pelosi, surgeon general all get COVID-19 vaccine shots on Friday," 18 Dec. 2020 Smiling a sheepish smile, hands on his hips, squinting into the sun behind me, squinting at me. EW.com, "Read the first excerpt from S.K. Ali's next novel Misfit in Love," 8 Dec. 2020 Shikankov, still sheepish about special treatment, let other patients be seen before him. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "The Life and COVID Death of a Revered Siberian Doctor," 8 Dec. 2020 Despite fashion’s intensifying presence in their domain, some gamers feel sheepish about prioritizing aesthetics over points. Los Angeles Times, "Video games are the new runway. Coveted fashion brands are loving it," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sheepish

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sheepish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheepish. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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sheepish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sheepish

: showing or feeling embarrassment especially because you have done something foolish or wrong

sheepish

adjective
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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