- modest or bashful.
- showing shame: shamefaced apologies.
Origin of shamefaced
Examples from the Web for shamefacedly
Historical Examples of shamefacedly
He hesitated, then said shamefacedly, 'They don't want him to go.'Heart of Darkness
He hitched his horse to the hook, shamefacedly, and entered the gallery.
"Not good," said Alden, shamefacedly, digging at the soil with his heel.Master of the Vineyard
"I don't know what you'll think of me, boys," said he, shamefacedly.Jim Spurling, Fisherman
Albert Walter Tolman
"I didn't know I could lose my temper like that," replied the other shamefacedly.Left Guard Gilbert
Ralph Henry Barbour
- bashful or modest
- showing a sense of shame
Word Origin for shamefaced
"modest, bashful," 1550s, folk etymology alteration of shamefast, from Old English scamfæst "bashful," literally "restrained by shame," or else "firm in modesty," from shame (n.) + -fæst, adjectival suffix (see fast (adj.)). Related: Shamefacedly; shamefacedness.
shamefaced, -fast. It is true that the second is the original form, that -faced is due to a mistake, & that the notion attached to the word is necessarily affected in some slight degree by the change. But those who, in the flush of this discovery, would revert to -fast in ordinary use are rightly rewarded with the name of pedants .... [Fowler]