Examples from the Web for shamefacedly
He shamefacedly and naively confessed it: 'I say such an awful lot of things.The Return|Walter de la Mare
She shamefacedly tried to hide her red eyes from her friends keen gaze.
The invalid sat up quickly, as she shamefacedly 162 wiped away the stray tears.
"Longer'n that, child—much longer'n that," admitted Aunt 'Mira, shamefacedly.Janice Day|Helen Beecher Long
Then, shamefacedly enough, I turned and forced myself back toward that smoking ruin.The Book of Susan|Lee Wilson Dodd
British Dictionary definitions for shamefacedly
Word Origin for shamefaced
Word Origin and History for shamefacedly
"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]