- 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 fast 1.