bashful

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adjective bash·ful \ˈbash-fəl\

Definition of bashful

  1. 1 :  socially shy or timid :  diffident, self-conscious <He was bashful as a child.>

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

bashfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

bashfulness

play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of bashful in a sentence

  1. bashful boys asking girls to dance

  2. <a bashful child who hid in his room whenever there were visitors in the house>

Origin and Etymology of bashful

Early Modern English bash “to lose composure, be dismayed” (going back to Middle English baishen, basshen, probably aphetic variant of abaissen, abaschen “to abash”) + -ful


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>.

BASHFUL Defined for English Language Learners

bashful

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adjective bash·ful \ˈbash-fəl\

Definition of bashful for English Language Learners

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


BASHFUL Defined for Kids

bashful

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adjective bash·ful \ˈbash-fəl\

Definition of bashful for Students

  1. 1 :  uneasy in the presence of others

  2. 2 :  showing shyness <a bashful smile>



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