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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 for sheepishly
  • He came back into the room sheepishly admitting that yes there was insulation, but bug parts as well.
  • Some sheepishly called their employers, apologizing for their spotty attendance.
  • Suddenly he stopped talking and his gaunt face became boyish as he grinned almost sheepishly.
  • The intruders confessed that they were not and sheepishly got up to leave.
  • As the jury delinquents slink sheepishly toward her desk she raises her brow.
  • People waiting to buy lunch shift their gaze sheepishly.
  • The school, perhaps a little sheepishly, accepts that he does.
  • One of the execs sheepishly looked at the other execs.
  • Dad suffered, smiling sheepishly through a number of scenes at the dinner table-and at other times, too.
  • And, she added sheepishly, both the resident and the attending physician would be grading her.
British Dictionary definitions for sheepishly

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 sheepishly

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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