Do you have words you can never remember the meaning of? I do. One of these words is sheepish. For some reason, I am never quite sure what it means. I have to look it up in the dictionary every time I come across it.
1 : resembling a sheep in meekness, stupidity, or timidity
2 : affected by or showing embarrassment caused by consciousness of a fault
– sheep·ish·ly adverb
– sheep·ish·ness noun
And why would sheep be meek, stupid or timid?
My Robert and Collins says penaud. However, I can see how you would feel sheepish / penaud, but not how you would LOOK sheepish / penaud.
It must be the sheep contained in sheepish that bothers me 😉
It’s really strange, because I used to read through, ignoring the words I didn’t understand, as long as they didn’t prevent me from understanding the general meaning of what I was reading, but now, I often take the time to stop and look for words.
Am I getting old?