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bashful

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adjective bash·ful \ˈbash-fəl\

Simple Definition of bashful

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

Full Definition of bashful

  1. 1 :  socially shy or timid :  diffident, self-conscious

  2. 2 :  resulting from or typical of a bashful nature <a bashful smile>

bash·ful·ly play \-fə-lē\ adverb
bash·ful·ness play \-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

Synonym Discussion of bashful

shy, bashful, diffident, modest, coy mean not inclined to be forward. shy implies a timid reserve and a shrinking from familiarity or contact with others <shy with strangers>. bashful implies a frightened or hesitant shyness characteristic of childhood and adolescence <a bashful boy out on his first date>. diffident stresses a distrust of one's own ability or opinion that causes hesitation in acting or speaking <felt diffident about raising an objection>. modest suggests absence of undue confidence or conceit <modest about her success>. coy implies a pretended shyness <put off by her coy manner>.


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