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Origin of sheepish
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The other kind of clueless father I encounter on a semi-regular basis is the sheepish variety.
There are denials from phone makers and carriers, sheepish admissions from others.Cellphone Spyware, Like All Your Technology, Keeps Tabs on You|Dan Lyons|December 1, 2011|DAILY BEAST
That left the small but fervid legion of believers who had dropped everything feeling upset and sheepish.
"I would have sheltered him, or killed for him to be completely honest…" and her voice trails off in a sheepish tone.
It must be confessed that Vosh looked more than a little "sheepish" when he walked forward, and held out his hands for the prize.Winter Fun|William O. Stoddard
The sentry muttered a sheepish apology, pleading the unusual noise at this hour.The Storm Centre|Charles Egbert Craddock
Paolin of course dragged the worthy Paolon in his wake, he being still in a state of limp and sheepish resistance.The Patriot|Antonio Fogazzaro
He shook his head, and hung it, and kept a sheepish silence.The Deserter, and Other Stories|Harold Frederic
They wear such a funny, sheepish, found-out sort of expression.More About Peggy|Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
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.'"