sheepish

[ shee-pish ]
/ ˈʃi pɪʃ /

adjective

embarrassed or bashful, as by having done something wrong or foolish.
like sheep, as in meekness, docility, etc.

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Origin of sheepish

First recorded in 1150–1200, sheepish is from the Middle English word shepisshe. See sheep, -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM sheepish

sheep·ish·ly, adverbsheep·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sheepish

sheepish
/ (ˈʃiːpɪʃ) /

adjective

abashed or embarrassed, esp through looking foolish or being in the wrong
resembling a sheep in timidity or lack of initiative

Derived forms of sheepish

sheepishly, adverbsheepishness, noun
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