: tinged with red especially in the face (as from shame, illness, heat, or physical exertion)
Her mother, inclined at first to attribute her complaints to moping, took a second look at her flushed cheeks and put her to bed.Elizabeth George Speare
The man opposite looked flushed. … The broken veins on his cheeks were probably a sign of bad circulation and excessive drinking.Mark Billingham

Examples of flushed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For weeks, the founder has been hinting at a blush launch, and on Tuesday April 2, fans couldn’t help her perfectly flushed cheeks (and matching pink chrome manicure) in a video posted by Rhode. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2024 Their flushed cheeks are intensified by the pink hue of Rachel’s dress. Leah Dolan, CNN, 1 Mar. 2024 Closing the lid on a residential toilet does not prevent the spread of viral particles from the powerful whoosh of a flushed toilet. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 One touch of your flushed forehead would convince your parents to diagnose a fever and keep you home from school. Annie Melchor, WIRED, 7 Jan. 2024 Phillips contoured Lopez's cheeks and applied a flushed peachy blush to the apples, then brushed on a warm brown tone on her eyes for a subtle smoke effect, applying a similar shade below her lashline. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 20 Dec. 2023 Signs include headache, dizziness, nausea, heavy sweating, confusion, and pale or flushed skin. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2023 More conflicting data suggests that ingesting or smoking CBD could produce the same ‘flushed’ feeling and generate perspiration similar to the way spicy foods can, but more research is needed to verify this body-cooling effect.. Alice Park, Time, 20 July 2023 Signs of heat stress include feelings of exhaustion and possibly a headache, dizziness and flushed skin. Rick Rojas, New York Times, 8 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1623, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flushed was in 1623

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“Flushed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flushed. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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