abash


abash

verb \ə-ˈbash\

Definition of ABASH

transitive verb
:  to destroy the self-possession or self-confidence of :  disconcert
abash·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of ABASH

  1. <felt terribly abashed when she walked into the wrong hotel room>

Origin of ABASH

Middle English abaishen, from Anglo-French abaiss-, abair to astonish, alteration of esbair, from ex- + baer to open wide, gape — more at abeyance
First Known Use: 14th century

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