- embarrassed or bashful, as by having done something wrong or foolish.
- like sheep, as in meekness, docility, etc.
- abashed or embarrassed, esp through looking foolish or being in the wrong
- resembling a sheep in timidity or lack of initiative
adj.c.1200, “resembling a sheep” in some perceived characteristic, from sheep + -ish. The sense of “bashful, over-modest, awkward among strangers” first is recorded 1690s. Related: Sheepishly; sheepishness. Old English had sceaplic “of a sheep, ‘sheep-ly.'”