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 Men with sheepish grins noisily lugged boxes of beer away from bodegas and Trader Joe’s cut their hours for everyone’s safety. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 21 Mar. 2020 Thanks to the erasures of time and a sheepish reluctance by the worldwide cultural elites to delve too deeply into the abuses of left-wing regimes, Communist atrocities have been filed in the deep-storage sub-basements of the collective memory. Kyle Smith, National Review, "In Balloon, a Great Escape from Socialism," 26 Feb. 2020 Philadelphia then counterpunched to get within six, but Antetokounmpo – who started 0 for 5 on three-pointers and looked sheepish when left alone beyond the arc for a while – confidently swished a triple. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 112, 76ers 101: Remember that Christmas matchup? Well, now you can forget it.," 6 Feb. 2020 Their responses have been shrugs and sheepish looks. Carl Weiser,, "For New York Times readers, Ohio's senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown speak for a polarized America," 6 Feb. 2020 Gary Patterson might have been sheepish about quarterbacks who played baseball. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Discovering Patrick Mahomes: How one college recruiter noticed the Super Bowl MVP before many others gave him a chance," 6 Feb. 2020 The hosts took the lead just before half-time, Lasse Schone firing a long-range free kick towards goal which bobbled beyond a sheepish Pepe Reina., "Genoa 1-2 Milan: Report, Ratings & Reaction as I Rossoneri Battle to Dramatic Victory," 5 Oct. 2019 The stranger is a twentysomething Rite Aid cashier wearing a Santa Claus outfit and a sheepish half-smile. Alex Pappademas, The New Yorker, "A Reconsideration of Santa’s Lap," 19 Dec. 2019 Who knew a simple twist in dialect would leave Nagy a touch sheepish? Dan Wiederer,, "Wait ... what exactly was Matt Nagy trying to buy with his Cracker Jack? A Tribune investigation," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of sheepish

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sheepish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sheepish

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


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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