Pronunciation: (u-shāmd'),[key] —adj. 1. feeling shame; distressed or embarrassed by feelings of guilt, foolishness, or disgrace: He felt ashamed for having spoken so cruelly. 2. unwilling or restrained because of fear of shame, ridicule, or disapproval: They were ashamed to show their work. 3. Chiefly Midland U.S.(esp. of children) bashful; timid.