verb (used with object), shamed, sham·ing.
- to cause to suffer shame or disgrace.
- to outdo; surpass: She played so well she put all the other tennis players to shame.
Origin of shame
SYNONYMS FOR shame
British Dictionary definitions for put to shame
- to disgrace
- to surpass totally
- an expression of sympathy
- an expression of pleasure or endearment
Derived Formsshamable or shameable, adjective
Word Origin for shame
Idioms and Phrases with put to shame (1 of 2)
put to shame
Outdo, eclipse, as in Jane's immaculate kitchen puts mine to shame. This idiom modifies the literal sense of put to shame, that is, “disgrace someone,” to the much milder “cause to feel inferior.” [Mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with put to shame (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with shame
- shame on you
- crying shame
- for shame
- put to shame