blush

1 of 2

noun

1
: outward appearance : view
at first blush
2
: a reddening of the face especially from shame, modesty, or confusion
3
: a red or rosy tint
4
: a cosmetic applied to the face to give a usually pink color or to accent the cheekbones
blushful adjective

blush

2 of 2

verb

blushed; blushing; blushes

intransitive verb

1
: to become red in the face especially from shame, modesty, or confusion
2
: to feel shame or embarrassment
3
: to have a rosy or fresh color : bloom

Examples of blush in a Sentence

Noun The comment brought a blush to her cheeks. The fruit is yellow, with a blush of pink. She put on a little lipstick and blush. Verb He blushed at the compliment. I blush to admit it, but you've caught me in an error.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Hollywood makeup artist also revealed that a new soft pink hue of her best-selling blush is also coming. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Feb. 2024 Related article Ticket prices for this year’s Super Bowl might even make a billionaire like Taylor Swift blush As of December, grocery prices were up 1.3% over the previous 12 months, but down from the much steeper 11.8% increase for all of 2022. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 The blush and bronzer combo is a true match made in makeup heaven. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 23 Jan. 2024 This two-in-one blush and lip color has got your back. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2024 Tyla joined in on the trend with nose freckles and shortcake-colored blush. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 22 Jan. 2024 This trend involves using soft, cool-toned, pink blushes with a hint of shimmer to create a frosty and ethereal effect– such as Saie’s Dew Blush in Cool Baby Pink– on the cheeks. Tira Urquhart, Essence, 24 Jan. 2024 Applying an overly generous amount of blush has emerged as the trend of the 2020s, primarily as a way to make a statement with even the most subtle makeup. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 12 Jan. 2024 Hadid completed the barely there look with a pair of big gold hoops and a generous dusting of punchy pink blush across her nose and cheeks. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 11 Jan. 2024
Verb
There are silvery splashes in the leaf center, and the edges might even be blushed with reddish-purple. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 4 Jan. 2024 Here, a quick marinade lends the steaks smokey-sharp flavor, while a quick sear in a blazing-hot pan leaves the meat browned outside and blushing within. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2023 This photograph was taken right after that action; their cheeks were still blushed red, not only due to the makeup. Brandon Choe, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 The 30 colors range from dark brown to blush pink and just about everything in between, and the $17 sale price makes this a steal. Brittany Vanderbill, Travel + Leisure, 19 Nov. 2023 But its romantic shape — a graceful or bulbous gooseneck ending in a pert stem, like an upturned nose, a plump and curvaceous bottom, heavy and steady and often blushed — is bested only by its complex taste. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Miami: Those who sweat and suffer through June and July in South Florida are rewarded with mangoes blushing from trees in yards, streets and strip malls. Amy Qin Callaghan O’Hare, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023 But if the Netflix drama was a blushing bride dreaming of happily ever after, The Buccaneers might be her worldlier cousin — more skeptical and more pragmatic, but with an intriguing sharpness that feels all her own. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2023 Kalani laughed and blushed as the rest of the crowd cheered. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, probably from blusshen

Verb

Middle English blusshen, from Old English blyscan to redden; akin to Old English blȳsa flame, Old High German bluhhen to burn brightly

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blush was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Blush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blush. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

blush

1 of 2 verb
1
: to become red in the face especially from shame, confusion, or embarrassment
2
: to feel shame or embarrassment
3
: to have a rosy color : bloom
blusher noun

blush

2 of 2 noun
1
: outward appearance : view
at first blush
2
: a reddening of the face especially from shame, confusion, or embarrassment
3
: a red or rosy tint

Medical Definition

blush

intransitive verb
: to become red in the face especially from shame, modesty, or confusion
blush noun

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