From Middle English shamefast, schamefast, schamfast, sceomefest, from Old English sċeamfæst, scamfæst (“modest, shy, bashful”), corresponding to shame + fast.
shamefast (comparative more shamefast, superlative most shamefast)
- (archaic) Bashful, modest; shy.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.ii:
- With chaunge of cheare the seeming simple maid / Let fall her eyen, as shamefast to the earth [...].
- 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 141:
- But the women are alwayes covered about their middles with a skin, and very shamefast to be seene bare.