abashed

adjective

Definition of abashed

: made to feel uncomfortable, disconcerted, or embarrassed by something that has happened or been done or said
  • I stood back, abashed, wondering what I'd done wrong …
  • —Paula Fox

Origin and Etymology of abashed

Middle English abasshed, from past participle of abaissen, abaschen "to abash"


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