Shamefaced Definition

shāmfāst
shame-faced
adjective
Very modest, bashful, or shy.
Webster's New World
Showing a feeling of shame or embarrassment; ashamed.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Shamefaced

  • 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

  • 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

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