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.
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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