shamefaced

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Alteration (due to folk etymology) of shamefast, from Middle English schamefast, schamfast, sceomefest, from Old English sceamfæst, scamfæst ‎(bashful, shy, modest, literally firm or fast in modesty or shame), equivalent to shame +‎ fast.

Adjective[edit]

shamefaced ‎(comparative more shamefaced, superlative most shamefaced)

  1. bashful, showing modesty or embarrassment
  2. ashamed, displaying shame, especially by blushing in the face.

References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967