Share this entry

Share this page

sheepish

Line breaks: sheep|ish
Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːpɪʃ
 
/

Definition of sheepish in English:

adjective

Showing or feeling embarrassment from shame or a lack of self-confidence: a sheepish grin
More example sentences
  • I looked over at his mother to see a sheepish, almost embarrassed look on her face.
  • He looked rather sheepish and diffident, hands in pockets and a nervous grin on his face.
  • Her name was Rebecca and she spent Friday looking rather sheepish and apologetic!
Synonyms

Derivatives

sheepishly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • They sighed and looked here and there sheepishly, but the game was over.
  • Eventually he was coaxed out and sheepishly he made his excuses.
  • The shortest member of the group stands sheepishly holding a bicycle handlebar in his hand, the end marked with red paint.

sheepishness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • The boy's sheepishness and self-effacing manner intrigued her.
  • And then, with some embarrassment and sheepishness and a new sense of propriety, it ended.
  • Ironic, too, that he's diffident to the point of sheepishness, even in front of the most adoring audience.

Words that rhyme with sheepish

cheapish, steepish

Definition of sheepish in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something