- embarrassed or bashful, as by having done something wrong or foolish.
- like sheep, as in meekness, docility, etc.
Origin of sheepish
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Examples from the Web for sheepish
The other kind of clueless father I encounter on a semi-regular basis is the sheepish variety.Doctor to Dads: You’re Doing It Wrong
February 23, 2014
There are denials from phone makers and carriers, sheepish admissions from others.Cellphone Spyware, Like All Your Technology, Keeps Tabs on You
December 1, 2011
That left the small but fervid legion of believers who had dropped everything feeling upset and sheepish.8 Questions About the New Rapture
David A. Graham
October 20, 2011
"I would have sheltered him, or killed for him to be completely honest…" and her voice trails off in a sheepish tone.Horrifying 'Little Girl Sex Cult'
June 1, 2010
I ain't more 'n half a man when she's round, she makes me feel so sheepish.
And who would have suspected so very fierce a wolf under so sheepish an outside?The Strolling Saint
I ain't more'n half a man when she's round, she makes me feel so sheepish.
He handed the assortment to Miss Thomas with a sheepish grin.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
He swings me around facin' her, and I expect I must have acted some sheepish.Torchy, Private Sec.
- abashed or embarrassed, esp through looking foolish or being in the wrong
- resembling a sheep in timidity or lack of initiative
Word Origin and History for sheepish
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper