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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv sheepishly in a sheepish manner "sheepishly he handed her back the money"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sheepishly In a sheepish manner; bashfully; with mean timidity or diffidence; sillily.
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In literature:

Hank came forward sheepishly, and was sworn.
"The Hoosier Schoolmaster" by Edward Eggleston
I laughed a trifle sheepishly.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
The young men had smooth faces, patent leather boots, very smart cravats and a sheepish, self-conscious look.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
Tony smiled sheepishly and surrendered.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
He took a pipe from his pocket rather sheepishly, then filled and lighted it.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
Now as the two girls approached, he looked at them sheepishly, standing first on one foot, and then on the other.
"The Camp Fire Girls on the Farm" by Jane L. Stewart
The stout man wore a faintly sheepish smile as he rose to escape.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
But, my dear, he tells them as jokes on himself, and he's so sheepish about it.
"The Seeker" by Harry Leon Wilson
Many persons who had appeared in the procession straggled in, looking rather sheepish.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863" by Various
Meeting the eye of his employer, he grinned a sheepish grin.
"The Day of Days" by Louis Joseph Vance
In the beginning, his high opinion and awe of the clerical character kept him remarkably dull and sheepish.
"Going To Maynooth Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
He cast an imploring, half-sheepish look towards his wife.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
He looked at her, grinning half-sympathetically, half-sheepishly.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Like the others, no doubt, smile sheepishly and obey him.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Jim Silver looked sheepish and sullen.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Phineas also had risen, and was now looking somewhat sheepish where he stood.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
Lee grinned sheepishly at Andrew.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Rashid looked rather sheepish.
"Oriental Encounters" by Marmaduke Pickthall
He was miserably sheepish, and vowed that he really had examined the brakes.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
The chief officer came, looking sheepish.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

With sidelong looks and sheepish grins,
Like men found out in secret sins,
Glug gazed at Glug in nervous dread;
Till one with claims to learning said,
"Sir Stodge is talking Greek, you know.
He may be bad, but never low."
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
When, lo! Tom Smith he entered--his face lit up with grins
And Kate a-hangin' on his arm, as neat as a row of pins!
And Tom looked glad, but sheepish; and said, "Excuse me, Squire,
But I 'loped with Kate, and married her an hour before the fire."
"Out O’ The Fire" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

While both candidates have been decidedly sheepish about thei READ.
During the first day of the trial, as he was led into and out of court, Winder never failed to smile sheepishly at his mother, who sat in the first row.
His sheepish — but not necessarily apologetic — look when caught is pretty priceless.
Lynyrd Skynyrd wasn't bothered by Watergate, but now they're sheepish over their use of the Confederate flag .
At a phone bank set up by a conservative advocacy group in the Denver suburbs, volunteers spoke sheepishly, and quickly, after they dialed one of the dozens of cell phones charging in piles around the room.
) Both of them looked a bit sheepish.
Anyway, he was also carrying a little plate with two muffins on it, and said sheepishly that he was taking them upstairs to his wife Callista.
Kevin James rolls himself into the interview room, looks a bit sheepish and is apologetic about his current physical state.
Fairs can be hazardous for the sheepish.
Now under fire for his role in the so-called Fast and Furious gun-running operation, and given his overall (dismal) record, you might think Holder would sheepishly apologize for his incompetence or, at a minimum, remain silent.
When a reporter asked him about that this week, the 6-foot-2 freshman walk-on appeared sheepish.
Boca picture book author not sheepish when it comes to literacy.
Instead, he meekly flipped the ball into the basket and grinned sheepishly at the Oklahoma City Thunder bench after the miscue.
I would sheepishly go into my Mom and Dad's room as a kid, fresh off of a heart-pounding and irrational nightmare involving a shark .
Ever have those moments where the rug is swept out from un¬der your righteous indignation and your snobbery gets body slammed into repentant sheepishness.