blush

noun
\ 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

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 How to pronounce blushful (audio) \ 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

At first blush, Gabbard’s cardinal jacket seemed as appropriate on the stage as a MAGA hat and came off as a calculated focus-puller. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "The 2020 Democratic debates: A pop of red, a naked neck and a sea of navy blue," 28 June 2019 The ending also seems, at first blush, to go against the guiding principles of the series, but is emotionally apt for its protagonist. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Toy Story 4' Says Goodbye (Again)," 23 June 2019 At first blush, Calibra resembles a fairly standard payments company — but its tight integration with Facebook’s enormous user base could give it a significant advantage over any rivals. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook’s Calibra is a secret weapon for monetizing its new cryptocurrency," 18 June 2019 At first blush, Rue, Zendaya’s character, would seem a role for her Shake It Up costar Bella Thorne, who has cultivated a wild-child persona since leaving the Disney fold. Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, "With HBO’s Euphoria, Zendaya Puts Her Disney Past Behind Her Once and For All," 9 May 2019 Meeting individually with his colleagues on city council, Mayor Ron Nirenberg in recent days has been making what at first blush might sound like a big ask. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Mayor trying to rope in council to oppose amendments," 28 June 2018 At first blush, the measure granting the committee new powers appears innocuous. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP transportation plan would allow handful of legislators to impose vehicle fees of any amount," 7 June 2019 Elle completed the dazzling look with a sleek topknot and understated makeup, including slightly shimmering eyeshadow, a hint of blush, and a pink lip. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Elle Fanning Wore a Tulle Cape to the Cannes Film Festival Closing Ceremony," 25 May 2019 The color of the dress, which is a shade of blush, is obtained from different layers of tulle and organza that make the body of the gown. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Designer Luisa Beccaria Reveals What It Was Really Like to Make Lady Gabriella Windsor's Wedding Dress," 18 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These give you the flush look without all the fuss, just use your fingers and blush away! Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The Beach Makeup Ideas & Tips That Celebrity Makeup Artists Swear By," 19 June 2019 Actually, your grandpa would probably blush at some of the messages that the RM 69 shares. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "Will Drake again wear his $750,000 erotic watch at remaining Warriors-Raptors Finals games?," 12 June 2019 The princess accessorized the look with a navy clutch, a white hat, and blush pumps. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Beatrice and Her Boyfriend Couple Up at Lady Gabriella Windsor's Wedding," 18 May 2019 Fall 2019 offered a few standout options for daring brides: Vera Wang’s ice-blue tulle number and jet-jeweled bra was a bold departure from bridal white, ditto Marchesa’s first-ever blush pink gown. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Fall 2019’s Top 7 Bridal Trends, from Major Sleeves to Gowns à la Meghan Markle," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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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
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 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

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 How to pronounce blush (audio) \

Medical Definition of blush

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

Other Words from blush

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