Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Embarrassed, as by consciousness of a fault.
  • adjective Meek or stupid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to sheep.
  • Like a sheep; haging the character attributed to sheep or their actions; bashful; timorous to excessl over-modest; stupid; silly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Of or pertaining to sheep.
  • adjective Like a sheep; bashful; over-modest; meanly or foolishly diffident; timorous to excess.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having the characteristics of a sheep
  • adjective shy, meek, shameful or embarrassed

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective showing a sense of shame
  • adjective like or suggestive of a sheep in docility or stupidity or meekness or timidity

Etymologies

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From sheep +‎ -ish.

Examples

Comments

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  • Found in the New York Times crosswords yesterday: "Sheepish". 5 letters. I suggested "ovine" and my American friend K. refused to try it.

    I was right :-)

    (see vainglorious)

    June 20, 2008