[ bair-feyst ]
/ ˈbɛərˌfeɪst /


with the face uncovered.
shameless; impudent; audacious: a barefaced lie.
without concealment or disguise; boldly open: a barefaced approach.

Origin of barefaced

First recorded in 1580–90; bare1 + faced
Related formsbare·fac·ed·ly [bair-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee] /ˈbɛərˌfeɪ sɪd li, -ˌfeɪst li/, adverbbare·fac·ed·ness, noun
Can be confusedbarefaced boldface bold-faced Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for barefaced


/ (ˈbɛəˌfeɪst) /


unconcealed or shamelessa barefaced lie
with the face uncovered or shaven
Derived Formsbarefacedly (ˈbɛəˌfeɪsɪdlɪ), adverbbarefacedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for barefaced



1580s, "with face uncovered or shaven;" see bare (adj.) + face (n.). Thus, "unconcealed" (c.1600), and, in a bad sense, "shameless" (1670s). Cf. effrontery. The half-French bare-vis (adj.) conveyed the same sense in Middle English.

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