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shamefaced

[sheym-feyst] /ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst/
adjective
1.
modest or bashful.
2.
showing shame:
shamefaced apologies.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; alteration of shamefast by folk etymology; see shame, faced
Related forms
shamefacedly
[sheym-fey-sid-lee, sheym-feyst-lee] /ˌʃeɪmˈfeɪ sɪd li, ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
shamefacedness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for shame-faced

shamefaced

/ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst/
adjective
1.
bashful or modest
2.
showing a sense of shame
Derived Forms
shamefacedly (ʃeɪmˈfeɪsɪdlɪ; ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪstlɪ) adverb
shamefacedness, noun
Word Origin
C16: alteration of earlier shamefast, from Old English sceamfaest; see shame, fast1
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Word Origin and History for shame-faced

shamefaced

adj.

"modest, bashful," 1550s, folk etymology alteration of shamefast, from Old English scamfæst "bashful," literally "restrained by shame," or else "firm in modesty," from shame (n.) + -fæst, adjectival suffix (see fast (adj.)). Related: Shamefacedly; shamefacedness.

shamefaced, -fast. It is true that the second is the original form, that -faced is due to a mistake, & that the notion attached to the word is necessarily affected in some slight degree by the change. But those who, in the flush of this discovery, would revert to -fast in ordinary use are rightly rewarded with the name of pedants .... [Fowler]

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