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Definition of "shamefaced" [shame•faced]

  • Indicative of shame; ashamed: a shamefaced explanation. (adjective)
  • Extremely modest or shy; bashful. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shamefaced" in a sentence
  • "At the next station he helped her to drop through the opening she had entered, and called a shamefaced "good-by" after her in the dusk."
  • "He gave a kind of shamefaced nod, but averted his face as he passed."
  • "Yet while the quadricentennial of Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage was marked by the extraordinary Columbian Exposition in Chicago, its 500th anniversary was observed with a kind of shamefaced silence."