shamefaced definition by Webster's New World
- Now Rare very modest, bashful, or shy
- showing a feeling of shame or embarrassment; ashamed
Origin: altered, by folk etymology ; from Middle English schamfast ; from Old English scamfæst ; from scamu, shame plush fæst, firm, fast
shamefaced definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Indicative of shame; ashamed: a shamefaced explanation.
- Extremely modest or shy; bashful.
Origin: By folk etymology from obsolete shamefast, bashful, ashamed, from Middle English, from Old English sceamfǽst : sceamu, shame + fǽst, fixed; see fast1.
- shameˈfacˌed·ly adverb
- shameˈfacˌed·ness noun