[ 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 forms

bare·fac·ed·ly [bair-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee] /ˈbɛərˌfeɪ sɪd li, -ˌfeɪst li/, adverbbare·fac·ed·ness, noun

Can be confused

barefaced 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 Forms

barefacedly (ˈbɛəˌfeɪsɪdlɪ), adverbbarefacedness, noun
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