blush

noun
\ˈbləsh \

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

blush

verb
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

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Other Words from blush

Noun

blushful \ ˈbləsh-​fəl \ adjective

Synonyms for blush

Synonyms: Noun

bloom, color, flush

Synonyms: Verb

bloom, color, crimson, flush, glow, redden

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a move that would certainly make Elizabeth II blush, they were also spotted grabbing each other's rears. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Zara and Mike Tindall Shared a Sweet Kiss at a Festival Over the Weekend," 6 Aug. 2018 But that's not all: Less saturated colors, like blush and cream, don't take the attention away from the event (a.k.a. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Middleton Made a Gorgeous Post-Pregnancy Debut at the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 To continuously stoke their fires, tuna rely on a blush of iron in their muscles to bind and ferry oxygen back and forth from their ultra-efficient gills. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Last year, the Internet-beloved beauty brand and the Internet's favorite supermodel collaborated on a four-pan Glow Face Palette that included two highlighters, a bronzer, and a blush. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen Launching a Shimmer Body Oil With Becca Cosmetics," 19 June 2018 Arbiter is alluding to the blush pink dress Meghan wore to Trooping the Colour in early June. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "No, Meghan Markle Isn't Breaking Royal Protocol," 17 June 2018 Probably not everyone at the company knew on first blush or listen. Billboard, "How Troye Sivan Found Stardom Without Catering to Straight Fans," 14 June 2018 Aside from that, on first blush the album provides more memorable and thrilling moments than Ye. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Kanye's KIDS SEE GHOSTS Rollout Is a Hot Mess," 8 June 2018 The highly aromatic fruit has smooth, green skin - sometimes with a red blush - that's edible, making them great for snacking. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, "Growing kiwi in Oregon requires care, attention," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The film festival is all about the bellini: a mix of blushing pink peach juice and sparkling wine, first invented here in Venice in the 30s by the barman at Harry’s Bar. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Navigating Venice During the Film Festival," 28 Aug. 2018 Kjaer Weis cream blushes, RMS Living Luminizer and Reverie Milk. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "3 Skincare Experts on Their Favorite Things," 23 Aug. 2018 But think about something like blushing from embarrassment, or turning red from anger. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Could Improving Your Mental Health Improve Your Skin?," 9 July 2018 The 18-year-old was wart of Ronald Koeman's squad that snatched a 1-1 draw against Italy on Monday, with defensive partner Nathan Ake scoring a late goal to spare the Netherlands' blushes at Juventus Stadium. SI.com, "Juventus Close in on Matthijs de Ligt After Defender Visits Turin on International Duty," 6 June 2018 The most common symptoms are facial redness, ranging from minor flushing or blushing to red bumps that look like pimples. Terri Akman, Philly.com, "New ways to deal with rosacea, a skin disease with a deeper impact," 30 May 2018 There are plenty of other gorgeous $10-or-under blushes to be had, however. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Milani's Rose Powder Blush Has Been Saved 29,000 Times on Pinterest — and It Only Costs $6," 18 Feb. 2018 The Nike BeTrue Zoom Fly, with its blushing lavender toebox, matching racing stripe, small rainbow patch on the back, is proof that more thoughtful Pride collections can exist. Cam Wolf, GQ, "The Rules of the Gym, According to the Hot Dudes of ‘Insecure’," 21 June 2018 The Frenchman would somehow head wide, sparing the Londoners' blushes with just eight minutes of regulation time to go. SI.com, "Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd: Eden Hazard's 1st-Half Penalty Gives Blues FA Cup Final Win at Wembley," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of blush

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blush

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

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blush

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the red color that spreads over your face when you are ashamed, embarrassed, confused, etc.

: a slight red or pink color

: a cream or powder that some people put on their cheeks to make their cheeks pink or reddish

blush

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blush (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become red in your face because you are ashamed, embarrassed, confused, etc.

: to be embarrassed

blush

verb
\ˈbləsh \
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

blush

noun
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

\ˈbləsh \

Medical Definition of blush 

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

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