shameless

adjective

shame·​less ˈshām-ləs How to pronounce shameless (audio)
1
: having no shame : insensible to disgrace
a shameless braggart
2
: showing lack of shame
the shameless exploitation of workers
shamelessly adverb
shamelessness noun

Examples of shameless in a Sentence

The actor made a shameless plug for his movie. a shameless display of poor sportsmanship
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shameless was before the 12th century

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“Shameless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shameless. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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shameless

adjective
shame·​less ˈshām-ləs How to pronounce shameless (audio)
1
: having no shame
2
: showing lack of shame
shamelessly adverb
shamelessness noun

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