[ sheym-feyst ]
/ ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst /
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modest or bashful.
showing shame: shamefaced apologies.
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OTHER WORDS FROM shamefacedshame·fac·ed·ly [sheym-fey-sid-lee, sheym-feyst-lee], /ˌʃeɪmˈfeɪ sɪd li, ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst li/, adverbshame·fac·ed·ness, noun
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How to use shamefaced in a sentence
He said it a little shamefacedly, his fingers fiddling with the green cloth of the Council-table.Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
"She was seventeen last Christmas," Dora answered shamefacedly.A Houseful of Girls|Sarah Tytler
Patty hung her head shamefacedly, and the smile left her lips.Fifty-Two Stories For Girls|Various
"I was to blame some, too, Miss Brooks," interrupted the boy shamefacedly.Tabitha at Ivy Hall|Ruth Alberta Brown
Papa Tignol explained shamefacedly: "We did it looking for the pistol; it was Gibelin's orders."Through the Wall|Cleveland Moffett
British Dictionary definitions for shamefaced
/ (ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst) /
bashful or modest
showing a sense of shame
Derived forms of shamefacedshamefacedly (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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