shameful

[ sheym-fuhl ]
/ ˈʃeɪm fəl /

adjective

causing shame: shameful behavior.
disgraceful or scandalous: shameful treatment.

Nearby words

  1. shame on you,
  2. shamed,
  3. shamefaced,
  4. shamefast,
  5. shamefastly,
  6. shamefully,
  7. shameless,
  8. shamelessly,
  9. shames,
  10. shamina

Origin of shameful

before 950; Middle English; Old English scamful. See shame, -ful

Related formsshame·ful·ly, adverbshame·ful·ness, noun

Can be confusedshameful shameless

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British Dictionary definitions for shamefully

shameful

/ (ˈʃeɪmfʊl) /

adjective

causing or deserving shame; scandalous
Derived Formsshamefully, adverbshamefulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for shamefully

shameful

adj.

Old English scamful "modest;" see shame (n.) + -ful. Meaning "disgraceful, causing shame" is from c.1300. Related: Shamefully; shamefulness. Middle English shamely (adv.) "shamefully" for some reason has fallen from use. Old English scamlic (adj.) "shameful, disgraceful," but this also could mean "modest."

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