Shamefaced meaning

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Extremely modest or shy; bashful.
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Ashamed, displaying shame, especially by blushing in the face.
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Indicative of shame; ashamed.

A shamefaced explanation.

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Very modest, bashful, or shy.
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Showing a feeling of shame or embarrassment; ashamed.
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Origin of shamefaced

  • By folk etymology from obsolete shamefast bashful, ashamed from Middle English from Old English sceamfæst sceamu shame fæst fixed fast1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 +"Ž fast.

    From Wiktionary