- Now Rare very modest, bashful, or shy
- showing a feeling of shame or embarrassment; ashamed
Origin of shamefacedaltered, by folk etymology ; from Middle English schamfast ; from Old English scamfæst ; from scamu, shame + fæst, firm, fast
- Indicative of shame; ashamed: a shamefaced explanation.
- Extremely modest or shy; bashful.
Origin of shamefacedBy folk etymology from obsolete shamefast, bashful, ashamed, from Middle English, from Old English sceamfæst : sceamu, shame + fæst, fixed; see fast1.