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”) + 1-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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