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

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And don’t be sheepish, backpacking is a great time to go wild with your guilty pleasure foods as your body will need to restore proteins, fats, and salts after long days of strenuous activity. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Eat Well on Your Next Backpacking Trip," 7 Sep. 2019 Park Hye-hi, the 10-year-old, wore pink glasses, white-and-pink Nikes and a sheepish smile. Victoria Kim,, "Come hike the demilitarized zone between the Koreas. Please watch your step," 25 June 2019 Bemused by, and somewhat sheepish about, the relatively effortless windfall the sales produced, Newman agreed to produce more, but only if the profits — all of them — went to charity. Alexandra Styron, Town & Country, "Pop's Stars: Paul Newman's Daughters Now," 31 Dec. 2012 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,, "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,, "Ted Leitner's return to the booth soothes concerned Padres fans," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of sheepish

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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