\ ˈbləsh How to pronounce blush (audio) \

Definition of blush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


blushed; blushing; blushes

Definition of blush (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from blush


blushful \ ˈbləsh-​fəl How to pronounce blush (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for blush

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Or, there are buzzy staples like Westman Atelier’s blush stick or YSL Beauty’s slim velvety lip. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 These cream blush sticks are all equally flattering, pigmented, and blend super well. The Editors, Town & Country, 22 Apr. 2022 From the mini bag to the skin-tight mini dress, the blush shade stands out amongst the crowd thanks to the long shearling coat that is a statement on its own. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 9 Apr. 2022 Knitwear featuring Mickey and broomstick-man graphics riffs on the film’s The Sorcerer's Apprentice segment, alongside blush satyr scenery from The Pastoral Symphony. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Despite the sweet color, Fox still embodied her typical punk style in the tie-front crop top and miniskirt with thigh-high cutouts, paired with chunky baby-pink sneakers and a blush studded choker. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Apr. 2022 Simpson's outfit also matched the theme with an ensemble consisting of a hot pink blazer, pink mini dress and blush peep-toe sandals with matching sunglasses. Georgia Slater,, 23 Mar. 2022 This is pure pleasure from its copper blush color to its floral aromatics and stone fruit flavors. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 Mar. 2022 In fact, even before there was Tarte — the makeup brand started by Maureen Kelly in her one-bedroom apartment in New York City circa 1999 — there was a (very) early version of the blush stick. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 15 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This home office sports a warm glow thanks to blush pink walls. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Mar. 2022 Even fraudsters holding billions in crypto won’t blush at the chance to abscond with a little more fiat. Ben Mckenzie, The New Republic, 10 Mar. 2022 The modern take on regency beauty features a new MTHRSHP eye palette, glow and blush trio and highlighters, all made to flatter every skin tone. Brittany Talarico,, 10 Dec. 2021 Convention has fled to her innermost shrine there to blush unseen and waste her orisons on a futile prayer. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2021 Infused with beautifully hydrating cupuacu, sunflower and jojoba oils, this weightless formula delivers a luscious, full-lip look in 5 shades that range from nude to blush to berry in a natural vanilla scent. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Her early designs offered romantic, modern silhouettes that were close-cut to the body and embellished with unexpected details, from colorful sashes to blush veils. CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 Still, Bradley Beal’s 2021 trade value is going to skyrocket in a way that makes early Bitcoin investors blush. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Perennials with fall foliage changes include switch grass and little bluestem, which can blush plum-purple, burgundy, or golden; the bluestem can get almost pinkish-lavender on its way to finishing warm mocha. Miri Talabac,, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of blush


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blush


Middle English, probably from blusshen


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

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\ ˈbləsh How to pronounce blush (audio) \
blushed; blushing

Kids Definition of blush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to become red in the face from shame, confusion, or embarrassment
2 : to feel ashamed or embarrassed … the explanation is one that I blush to have to offer you.— Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped


plural blushes

Kids Definition of blush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a reddening of the face from shame, confusion, or embarrassment
2 : a rosy color


intransitive verb
\ ˈbləsh How to pronounce blush (audio) \

Medical Definition of blush

: to become red in the face especially from shame, modesty, or confusion

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blush noun

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