If you throw a tantrum, feel embarrassed about it and timidly come back to apologize later, this is an example of a time when you apologize sheepishly.
(comparative more sheepishly, superlative most sheepishly)
From sheepish + -ly.
Variant of sheepish
- embarrassed as because of feeling chagrin
- awkwardly shy or bashful
- resembling sheep in meekness, timidity, etc.
Origin of sheepishMiddle English shepisse, like a sheep