shamefaced

[sheym-feyst]
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Origin of shamefaced

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

adjective
  1. bashful or modest
  2. showing a sense of shame
Derived Formsshamefacedly (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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Word Origin and History for shamefacedness

shamefaced

adj.

"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]
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