blush·​ing | \ ˈblə-shiŋ How to pronounce blushing (audio) \

Definition of blushing

: marked by blushes her blushing cheeks often used conventionally to suggest (sometimes ironically) an appearance of youthful innocencethe blushing bride

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Other Words from blushing

blushingly adverb
The presumptuous child blushingly protested she had never expressed any such wish to Peter … — Henry James

Examples of blushing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The saxophones and horns of Miller’s Army Air Force Band waft through the house, enveloping the medals on the wall and the photos of a young soldier and his blushing bride. Bill Newcott, National Geographic, "WWII veterans remember Hitler's 'last gamble'," 13 Dec. 2019 But when a thorny, unsolved problem arose a boss invariably stood up and pointed to the blushing youngster. Brandon R. Brown, Smithsonian, "Apollo Engineers Discuss What It Took to Land on the Moon," 12 July 2019 There could be hundreds of such blushing encounters before the chameleons of two different colors are familiar enough to mate. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Why Are There Two Sexes?’," 28 July 2017 And on her wedding day, Paltrow looked every bit the blushing bride. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A First Look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Wedding Dress," 2 Nov. 2018 And then his blushing bride-to-be, fellow host Mika Brzezinski, vigorously defends him on Twitter. Fox News, "George Papadopoulos on what he wants the American people to know," 12 Sep. 2018 Inspired by 2003's Kill Bill, the Western-themed music video opens in a church, with Cardi starring as a blushing bride, with glowy skin and a head full of platinum blond strands blowing in the wind. Helena Yeung, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Wears Platinum Blond and Pink Hair in "Be Careful" Music Video," 22 May 2018 Much like the blushing bride, the six young bridesmaids walked down the aisle in dresses designed by Givenchy‘s Clare Waight Keller, according to a palace statement. Maria Pasquini,, "Meghan Markle Walks Down the Aisle with Her Adorable Page Boys and Bridesmaids: See the Photos!," 19 May 2018 With soft blushing cheeks and a lip color that practically matches, Kate Bosworth looks like a picture-perfect celestial maiden. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Best (and Worst) Met Gala Beauty Looks," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of blushing

1609, in the meaning defined above

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“Blushing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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