shamefaced

[ sheym-feyst ]
/ ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst /

adjective

modest or bashful.
showing shame: shamefaced apologies.

Origin of shamefaced

1545–55; alteration of shamefast by folk etymology; see shame, faced

Related forms

shame·fac·ed·ly [sheym-fey-sid-lee, sheym-feyst-lee] /ˌʃeɪmˈfeɪ sɪd li, ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst li/, adverbshame·fac·ed·ness, noun
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shamefaced

/ (ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst) /

adjective

bashful or modest
showing a sense of shame

Derived Forms

shamefacedly (ʃeɪmˈfeɪsɪdlɪ, ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪstlɪ), adverbshamefacedness, noun

Word Origin for shamefaced

C16: alteration of earlier shamefast, from Old English sceamfaest; see shame, fast 1
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