\ ˈfās-ˌpä(l)m How to pronounce face-palm (audio) , -ˌpȯ(l)m \
variants: or less commonly facepalm
face-palmed also facepalmed; face-palming also facepalming; face-palms also facepalms

Definition of face-palm

intransitive verb

: to cover one's face with the hand as an expression of embarrassment, dismay, or exasperation But her body language was not good from the start on Saturday. She face-palmed after missing one forehand early, then shook her head after another errant shot.— Jeff Hartsell

Other Words from face-palm

facepalm or less commonly face-palm noun
There's a kind of facepalm moment in the terrific pilot episode of Amazon's terrific new series Transparent when you realize that the title is a pun. — Phil Maciak

First Known Use of face-palm

1996, in the meaning defined above

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“Face-palm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face-palm. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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