One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In an embarrassed manner due to shame or a lack of self-confidence.‘I smiled sheepishly, my face instantly flushing’‘I had to sheepishly admit my error’
- ‘She looked at her mother sheepishly, while her mother was looking at her very sternly.’
- ‘I sheepishly put it on in the corner, thinking of all the black dance clothes I had at home.’
- ‘Somewhat sheepishly, I reflected on how often I had felt that patients were a little sycophantic in their remarks at the end of a consultation.’
- ‘They turned their heads and smiled sheepishly at her.’
- ‘I grinned sheepishly, suddenly feeling very warm inside my brother's jacket.’
- ‘"Compared to what I do now," he said sheepishly, "those drawings were pretty primitive."’
- ‘I looked down sheepishly at my hands that were folded neatly in my lap, not wanting to meet his gaze.’
- ‘The company execs sheepishly suggest the concept didn't translate well to products.’
- ‘The congregation, taken aback a bit by the hectoring from the pulpit, retorted sheepishly, "We do."’
- ‘He looked sheepishly into the lantern, his head slightly bowed.’
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