What does sheepish mean?

Definitions for sheepish
ˈʃi pɪʃsheep·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sheeplike, sheepishadjective

    like or suggestive of a sheep in docility or stupidity or meekness or timidity

  2. shamefaced, sheepishadjective

    showing a sense of shame


  1. sheepishadjective

    Having the characteristics of a sheep

  2. sheepishadjective

    shy, meek, shameful or embarrassed

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sheepishadjective

    Bashful; over-modest; timorously and meanly diffident.

    Etymology: from sheep.

    Wanting change of company, he will, when he comes abroad, be a sheepish or conceited creature. John Locke.


  1. sheepish

    Sheepish generally refers to someone feeling or showing embarrassment as a result of having done something wrong, foolish, or embarrassing, often accompanied by a lack of self-confidence or bashfulness. This term could also suggest a person who is easily influenced or led, resembling the characteristics of a sheep.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheepishadjective

    of or pertaining to sheep

  2. Sheepishadjective

    like a sheep; bashful; over-modest; meanly or foolishly diffident; timorous to excess

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheepish in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheepish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sheepish in a Sentence

  1. Gregory Cheadle , of California:

    President Trump is a rich guy who is mired in white privilege to the extreme, republicans are too sheepish to call him out on anything and they are afraid of losing their positions and losing any power themselves.

  2. Evelyn Yang:

    At first, I was actually sheepish about having our family in the public at all, but I do think that it's really important to talk about, because there's all this stigma around special needs, and autism specifically. And there really shouldn't be, because all our children have something special to offer. And our son has made our family better.

  3. Barack Obama:

    I've talked to many of them, and I've told them I'm sympathetic. And, by the way, there's not a lot of vigor when they defend the position that they're taking, that they wouldn't even meet, for example, with a Supreme Court nominee. They're pretty sheepish about it when they make those comments.

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