sheepish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sheepish showing a sense of shame
    • adj sheepish like or suggestive of a sheep in docility or stupidity or meekness or timidity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sheepish Like a sheep; bashful; over-modest; meanly or foolishly diffident; timorous to excess. "Wanting change of company, he will, when he comes abroad, be a sheepish or conceited creature."
    • Sheepish Of or pertaining to sheep.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sheepish Of or pertaining to sheep.
    • sheepish Like a sheep; haging the character attributed to sheep or their actions; bashful; timorous to excessl over-modest; stupid; silly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sheepish like a sheep: bashful: foolishly diffident
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceáp; Ger. schaf.

Usage

In literature:

The Bradleys returned about ten o'clock, and came in very sheepishly.
"The Exiles and Other Stories" by Richard Harding Davis
The women looked at one another sheepishly.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
The Bradleys returned about ten o'clock, and came in very sheepishly.
"Cinderella" by Richard Harding Davis
Silently, sheepishly, he moved away, while she quietly went over to the fire.
"The Girl of the Golden West" by David Belasco
He opened his eyes, grinned and got up slowly, looking a little sheepish as he did so.
"Connor Magan's Luck and Other Stories" by M. T. W.
Money is ridiculously sheepish.
"Empire Builders" by Francis Lynde
Directly Bob came round the corner, kind of sheepish like, and what do you suppose he did?
""Say Fellows--"" by Wade C. Smith
He looked dazed and a little sheepish.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea" by Janet Aldridge
He came in no sheepish hang-dog fashion.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
He was looking a little sheepish.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
I don't know that I ever saw Old Hickory actually look sheepish before.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Somewhat sheepishly I took off my hat.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
As for the men, they admired her timidly, sheepishly, and also a trifle contemptuously.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
In about ten minutes he appeared, looking as draggled and sheepish as poor Monteagle.
"Masques & Phases" by Robert Ross
The boys roared and Melton looked a little sheepish.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
When we got behind the barn Jack said, sheepishly, avoiding my eye.
"The Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56, No. 2, January 12, 1884" by Various
I never know how I do it," he added with a sheepish smile as Mr. Gryce gave utterance to his old-fashioned "Umph!
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
Nutter received him cordially, but a little sheepishly.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The man sheepishly took hold of the bridle.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
They drag their tired feet in a listless shuffle across the room and stand in a somewhat sheepish and stupid bunch at the statue.
"The Girl with the Green Eyes" by Clyde Fitch
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In poetry:

With sidelong looks and sheepish grins,
Like men found out in secret sins,
Glug gazed at Glug in nervous dread;
Till one with claims to learning said,
"Sir Stodge is talking Greek, you know.
He may be bad, but never low."
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
When, lo! Tom Smith he entered--his face lit up with grins
And Kate a-hangin' on his arm, as neat as a row of pins!
And Tom looked glad, but sheepish; and said, "Excuse me, Squire,
But I 'loped with Kate, and married her an hour before the fire."
"Out O’ The Fire" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

"I'll let everybody see the movie and they can decide," a sheepish Manganiello says.
Don't be sheepish : Donegal's message to Frankie Boyle.
A little sheepish about Irish sport coats.
A sheepish Prince Harry surfaced in Los Angeles after photos of his naked and wild Vegas party night hit the Internet.
PHILADELPHIA – He wore the grin of a sheepish man, already abused by teammates yet still stunned by his own mistake.
Sheepish - from 4Her to judge.
Oakland A's fan sheepishly returns to the fold.
Nothing Sheepish About Sheepshead .
While both candidates have been decidedly sheepish about thei READ.
) Both of them looked a bit sheepish.
On Facebook today, I find sheepish postings from two friends after they yelled at callers who mispronounced their names.
Anyway, he was also carrying a little plate with two muffins on it, and said sheepishly that he was taking them upstairs to his wife Callista.
Fairs can be hazardous for the sheepish.
When a reporter asked him about that this week, the 6-foot-2 freshman walk-on appeared sheepish.
Boca picture book author not sheepish when it comes to literacy.
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