- modest or bashful.
- showing shame: shamefaced apologies.
Origin of shamefaced
Examples from the Web for shamefaced
It brought them back, a shamefaced crew, laughing at each other.Way of the Lawless
"I am going to tell you a secret," he said at last, in a shamefaced way.Viviette
William J. Locke
Kirkwood could see his shamefaced, sidelong glances; and despised him properly for them.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Now her cheeks suddenly flushed a burning, shamefaced crimson.The Law-Breakers
Either she is mistaken, or, the Little'un has forgotten, and is shamefaced.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
- bashful or modest
- showing a sense of shame
Word Origin and History for shamefaced
"modest, bashful," 1550s, folk etymology alteration of shamefast, from Old English scamfæst "bashful," literally "restrained by shame," or else "firm in modesty," from shame (n.) + -fæst, adjectival suffix (see fast (adj.)). Related: Shamefacedly; shamefacedness.
shamefaced, -fast. It is true that the second is the original form, that -faced is due to a mistake, & that the notion attached to the word is necessarily affected in some slight degree by the change. But those who, in the flush of this discovery, would revert to -fast in ordinary use are rightly rewarded with the name of pedants .... [Fowler]