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

After a swipe of pink lipstick and a spritz of light face mist and, okay, a little more blush, Jagger is ready for another day at the beach. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Georgia May Jagger Shares Her Brit-Girl Tips for Easy Beach Beauty," 7 Aug. 2018 First State Bank Summer Sounds Concert Series Music in a mall might not sound particularly appealing at first blush, but there’s something to be said about five nights a week of live entertainment, no matter the setting. Erin Podolsky, Detroit Free Press, "Summer concert series offer free music under the sun and stars," 13 June 2018 New Mexico At first blush, New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District would not seem like a good investment for Democrats. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Three key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries -- results will shape fall battle for Congress," 4 June 2018 However remote that possibility may seem at first blush, it cannot be completely discounted. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Kyler Murray's Baseball and Football Careers Converge for an Intriguing Summer at Oklahoma," 1 June 2018 The mint ensemble was covered in hundreds of handmade organza flowers in pale shades of blush pink with crystal beading which contrasted nicely with Jonas simple black tux. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas End Winter Wedding Season With a Bang," 21 Dec. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex styled the dress with her classic Aquazzura suede heels, and a subtle pop of color with a blush pink, Wilbur & Gussie clutch. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Floral Brock Collection Dress is Such a Different Look for the Duchess," 18 Dec. 2018 Padukone wore soft reds and blush pinks for the event. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone Shares Gorgeous New Photos from Her Wedding to Ranveer Singh," 20 Nov. 2018 Blues and teals are still selling well, Nancy added, but the rise of blush pink has made people more open to richer colors. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Warning: You're Going To Be Obsessed With These Two Color Trends," 25 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That's silly, of course, seeing as the company has launched Kylighters, eyeshadow palettes, blushes, concealers, and more—and is on track to be a billion dollar company by the time Jenner turns 21. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Stepped Out With Smaller Lips and She Looks Great," 23 July 2018 First, Shevchenko levelled with just three minutes to go, before Lampard's stoppage time header squeezed over the line to spare the Blues blushes, sending the holders through to the last eight. SI.com, "Chelsea vs Leicester Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News & More," 12 Jan. 2018 Conversely, no one needed to be printed in a magazine to be considered an authority on the newest foundations, blushes, and bronzers. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, and the racism scandal upending the YouTube beauty community, explained," 28 Aug. 2018 Chinese controllers can thus squeeze out the minority on terms that would make American controllers blush. Jesse M. Fried And Matthew Schoenfeld, WSJ, "Will China Cheat American Investors?," 13 Dec. 2018 Gigi Hadid also shared her support for the photo, leaving a blushing emoji in the comments. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's Cutest Social Media Moments So Far," 1 June 2018 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

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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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blusher

blushing

blush rose

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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
US : 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

Other Words from blush

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