sheepish

[shee-pish]
adjective
1.
embarrassed or bashful, as by having done something wrong or foolish.
2.
like sheep, as in meekness, docility, etc.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English shepisshe. See sheep, -ish1

sheepishly, adverb
sheepishness, noun
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sheepish (ˈʃiːpɪʃ)
 
adj
1.  abashed or embarrassed, esp through looking foolish or being in the wrong
2.  resembling a sheep in timidity or lack of initiative
 
'sheepishly
 
adv
 
'sheepishness
 
n

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sheepish
c.1200, "resembling a sheep in some characteristic," from sheep. The sense of "bashful" first is recorded 1693.
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Example sentences
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.
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