Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.more
It seems a shame to waste all this food.
It was a shame that you couldn't come with us.
It would have been a crying shame if we had lost the game.
It was a nice idea. Shame about the way it was done.
He speaks about his affair without shame.
The people who let this happen should hang their heads in shame.
They accused her of bringing shame and disgrace on the family.
There is no shame in failing.
To their shame, they were proved wrong.
This is the British English definition of shame. View American English definition of shame.
the short high sound that a small bird makes
A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.global English and language change from our blog