Definition of shamefaced in English:



  • Feeling or expressing shame or embarrassment.

    ‘all the boys looked shamefaced’
    • ‘‘I know,’ she said, a little shamefaced, ‘but I must take a picture of this.’’
    • ‘I smothered a laugh as my dad suddenly stopped midway through his angry tirade directed at a group of shamefaced security officers, and slowly pivoted his head in our direction.’
    • ‘But Nick was already looking shamefaced and cold.’
    • ‘Feeling remarkably like a shamefaced puppy, she trod reluctantly into the kitchen and gave them both that icy what-the-hell-do-you-want look she'd perfected by ninth grade.’
    • ‘Anyone lighting fireworks in a public place faces arrest and prosecution, so let's look forward to a few shamefaced souls in court.’
    • ‘‘Sorry Mrs. Young,’ chorused the others dully, looking slightly shamefaced, and Jesse redder than before.’
    • ‘A grin spread over Michelle's face, snapping out of her thoughts to look at Heath, though she completely missed the look of shamefaced hurt that washed over his features.’
    • ‘Lynch wrote a notoriously vengeful poem, full of vicious curses, a story he tells against himself in shamefaced penance.’
    • ‘He eventually made it to the meeting looking shamefaced but the fact he left the pub at all just goes to show how thoroughly modern this new breed of e-hack really is.’
    • ‘It is the scientific community and the government's somewhat shamefaced approach to animal research that allows activists to make their impact.’
    • ‘They narrowed at Adam, but they didn't contain their previous venom, and Adam glared right back at her, and she turned away, shamefaced.’
    • ‘After this, the first one looks shamefaced and says, ‘Girls, I've got a confession to make.’’
    • ‘Next day the shamefaced deputies of the Riksdag were forced to walk between lines of troops with fixed bayonets to assemble in a Parliament Hall surrounded by field guns, each with an artillerist standing behind it with a lighted taper.’
    • ‘‘Well, I, uhm, don't know what I'm going to tell Ricky,’ I admit, shamefaced.’
    • ‘Despite the shamefaced grins that characterised the victims' interviews, there was no mistaking their anger.’
    • ‘‘Uhh… I know,’ he replied, feeling a little shamefaced.’
    • ‘The 600 guests went home, but she returned, slightly shamefaced, and landed herself a movie deal.’
    • ‘Yet this is not a film that apologises, like a shamefaced school boy, for its country's past.’
    • ‘During his detention, he became a cause célèbre among tech activists, who held large protests outside the offices until shamefaced executives dropped their complaint against him.’
    • ‘But she did give notice to Miss Wundt who, having taken her room as a single lady, had different men coming out of it in the mornings and could often be heard screaming insults after them as they made their shamefaced way down the stairs.’
    ashamed, abashed, sheepish, guilty, conscience-stricken, guilt-ridden, contrite, sorry, remorseful, repentant, penitent, hangdog, regretful, rueful, apologetic
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘modest, shy’): alteration of archaic shamefast, by association with face.