sheepish

adjective sheep·ish \ ˈshē-pish \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

sheepishly

adverb

sheepishness

noun

Examples of sheepish in a Sentence

  1. He felt a little sheepish.

  2. a sheepish scholar who is most comfortable when surrounded by books

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First Known Use of sheepish

13th century


SHEEPISH Defined for English Language Learners

sheepish

adjective

Definition of sheepish for English Language Learners

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


SHEEPISH Defined for Kids

sheepish

adjective sheep·ish \ ˈshē-pish \

Definition of sheepish for Students

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

sheepishly

adverb


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