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From Middle English shameles, shamelees, schameles, schomeles, schomeleas, from Old English sċamlēas, sċeamlēas (without shame; shameless), from Proto-Germanic *skamalausaz (shameless), equivalent to shame +‎ -less. Cognate with West Frisian skamteleas (shameless), Dutch schaamteloos (shameless), German schamlos (shameless), Danish skamløs (shameless), Swedish skamlös (shameless), Icelandic skammlaus (shameless; unashamed).


shameless (comparative more shameless, superlative most shameless)

  1. Having no shame, no guilt nor remorse over something considered wrong; immodest, brazen; unable to feel disgrace.
  2. (obsolete) Not subject to shaming or reproach from the outside.
    • c. 1503–1512, John Skelton, Ware the Hauke; republished in John Scattergood, editor, John Skelton: The Complete English Poems, 1983, →OCLC, page 62, lines 38–41:
      He shall be as now nameles,
      But he shall not be blameles,
      Nor he shall not be shameles;
      For sure he wrought amys, []

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