Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

shameful

[sheym-fuh l] /ˈʃeɪm fəl/
adjective
1.
causing shame:
shameful behavior.
2.
disgraceful or scandalous:
shameful treatment.
Origin of shameful
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English scamful. See shame, -ful
Related forms
shamefully, adverb
shamefulness, noun
Can be confused
shameful, shameless.
Synonyms
1. mortifying, humiliating. 2. dishonorable, ignominious, vile, base, low.
Antonyms
2. honorable.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for shamefully
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He had been vanquished, cheated, scorned, shamefully flouted.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It was but too apparent that they had been insultingly, shamefully, disgracefully deceived.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • In two or three instances lately, I have been most shamefully out.

  • She deemed herself a woman who had been shamefully deceived.

  • And, would you believe it, though she has treated him so shamefully yet he loves her still.

British Dictionary definitions for shamefully

shameful

/ˈʃeɪmfʊl/
adjective
1.
causing or deserving shame; scandalous
Derived Forms
shamefully, adverb
shamefulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for shamefully

shameful

adj.

Old English scamful "modest;" see shame (n.) + -ful. Meaning "disgraceful, causing shame" is from c.1300. Related: Shamefully; shamefulness. Middle English shamely (adv.) "shamefully" for some reason has fallen from use. Old English scamlic (adj.) "shameful, disgraceful," but this also could mean "modest."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for shameful

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for shamefully

21
23
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for shamefully