hangdog vs shamefaced what difference

what is difference between hangdog and shamefaced



hang +‎ dog


hangdog (plural hangdogs)

  1. A base, degraded person.
    Synonyms: sneak, gallows bird; see also Thesaurus:gallows bird



hangdog (not comparable)

  1. Low; sneaking; ashamed.
    • 1951, Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1974 Panther Books Ltd publication), part V: “The Merchant Princes”, chapter 16, page 180:
      Asper Argo, the Well-Beloved, Commdor of the Korellian Republic greeted his wife’s entry by a hangdog lowering of his scanty eyebrows. To her at least, his self-adopted epithet did not apply. Even he knew that.



hangdog (third-person singular simple present hangdogs, present participle hangdogging, simple past and past participle hangdogged)

  1. To move or loiter in a sneaking or ashamed manner.
    • 2012, Wendy Delsol, Flock (page 230)
      With a twenty-one to three victory, Pinewood high-stepped it off the field while our Falcons hangdogged their way to the locker room.
    • 2017, David Eric Tomlinson, The Midnight Man (page 37)
      Just a few stragglers left hangdogging around, latchkey types with no place to be, cutting up in the dim and bleachered gym perimeter.

Further reading

  • hangdog at OneLook Dictionary Search



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 +‎ fast.


shamefaced (comparative more shamefaced, superlative most shamefaced)

  1. Bashful, showing modesty or embarrassment.
  2. Ashamed, displaying shame, especially by blushing in the face.

Derived terms

  • shamefacedly
  • shamefacedness



  • Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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