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sheepish

[shee-pish] /ˈʃi pɪʃ/
adjective
1.
embarrassed or bashful, as by having done something wrong or foolish.
2.
like sheep, as in meekness, docility, etc.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English shepisshe. See sheep, -ish1
Related forms
sheepishly, adverb
sheepishness, noun
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Examples from the web for sheepish
  • Looking sheepish in the face of such unquestionable dignity, the hooligans skulk away.
  • The cell phone was tucked away with a sheepish grin.
  • He said he'd meet me there, and he was quite sheepish.
  • Investors nursing large losses are certainly feeling rather sheepish now.
  • Don't feel sheepish if you guessed that it would fall.
  • Talking of private wolves at the door or biased opinion on sheepish electors is to entirely miss the point.
  • He told me, in a slightly sheepish but deliberate way, about why the land had been cleared.
  • Look at the sheepish faces on players when they're wrong, and listen to the clucking from announcers.
  • Instead, they are looking sheepish and have alienated the people who will be the party's future.
British Dictionary definitions for sheepish

sheepish

/ˈʃiːpɪʃ/
adjective
1.
abashed or embarrassed, esp through looking foolish or being in the wrong
2.
resembling a sheep in timidity or lack of initiative
Derived Forms
sheepishly, adverb
sheepishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sheepish
adj.

c.1200, "resembling a sheep" in some perceived characteristic, from sheep + -ish. The sense of "bashful, over-modest, awkward among strangers" first is recorded 1690s. Related: Sheepishly; sheepishness. Old English had sceaplic "of a sheep, 'sheep-ly.'"

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