bashful

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bash·ful

adjective \ˈbash-fəl\

: nervous or uncomfortable in social situations : afraid to talk to people because of a lack of confidence

Full Definition of BASHFUL

1
:  socially shy or timid :  diffident, self-conscious
2
:  resulting from or typical of a bashful nature <a bashful smile>
bash·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
bash·ful·ness \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of BASHFUL

  1. bashful boys asking girls to dance
  2. <a bashful child who hid in his room whenever there were visitors in the house>

Origin of BASHFUL

obsolete bash (to be abashed)
First Known Use: 1548

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