sheepish

adjective
sheep·ish | \ ˈshē-pish \

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

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People are often sheepish when approaching the topic of suicide. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "She beat back bullies at age 12, and now she's a businesswoman at 15," 26 June 2018 Yet Porcello almost felt sheepish about his hit, perhaps for good reason. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Rick Porcello gets best of close friend Max Scherzer with bases-clearing double," 3 July 2018 The next moment, forty different cousins-of-friends'-sisters are knocking on your door toting a six-pack and a sheepish smile. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Up Your Backyard Barbecue Game With 14 Great Grillin’ Picks," 28 June 2018 Everyone loved the confident girl with the sheepish smile . . . Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "Secrets of a Lost Girl," 24 June 2018 Leitner remains a little sheepish about raising cancer concerns, only to learn that the tumor was benign. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ted Leitner's return to the booth soothes concerned Padres fans," 20 June 2018 In the weeks after his Stage 4 diagnosis, Goodall displayed the sheepish bemusement of a man trying on a new costume. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "'I got 13 good years.' With prostate cancer in his bones, here's his message for men. | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018 Twenty minutes later, the son, 34, shows up, sheepish and sleepy from a weekend nap. Tom Chiarella And James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Last Shift: What Really Happened To Those Carrier Jobs Trump Saved," 15 May 2018 Resident Mohammed Adhikari looked bemused and a little sheepish as police surged into his house, slapped him with an $87 fine and delivered a lecture. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "How Cape Town found water savings California never dreamed of," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sheepish

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sheepish was in the 13th century

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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 \

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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