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[sheym-feyst] /ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst/
modest or bashful.
showing shame:
shamefaced apologies.
Origin of shamefaced
1545-55; alteration of shamefast by folk etymology; see shame, faced
Related forms
[sheym-fey-sid-lee, sheym-feyst-lee] /ˌʃeɪmˈfeɪ sɪd li, ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst li/ (Show IPA),
shamefacedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Resolutely he closed that side of his life; hesitatingly and shamefacedly he turned to the other and the brighter one.

    Jimmy Quixote Tom Gallon
  • "Not good," said Alden, shamefacedly, digging at the soil with his heel.

  • shamefacedly, and with looks of apprehension, the discomfited band assembled in the schoolroom for prayers.

  • "I didn't know I could lose my temper like that," replied the other shamefacedly.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He wiped his heated brow and stared around him shamefacedly.

    Thelma Marie Corelli
  • "We thought you wouldn't be interested," said the Nilghai, shamefacedly.

  • I wonder if Vesuvius feels like this after one of her eruptions, she thought, shamefacedly.

  • The newcomer did no more than smile shamefacedly, but it was sufficient.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • "There now, eat your dough," she exclaimed when he let her go, pushing it shamefacedly toward him.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • He hesitated, then said shamefacedly, 'They don't want him to go.'

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for shamefacedly


bashful or modest
showing a sense of shame
Derived Forms
shamefacedly (ʃeɪmˈfeɪsɪdlɪ; ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪstlɪ) adverb
shamefacedness, noun
Word Origin
C16: alteration of earlier shamefast, from Old English sceamfaest; see shame, fast1
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Word Origin and History for shamefacedly



"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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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