- bashful; shy.
Origin of blate1
before 1000; Old English blāt livid, pallid, (of a sound) low (not found in ME)
[bleyt]Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
Origin of blate2
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Examples from the Web for blate
But at no time was the genial little poet "blate," as he would himself have said.Royal Edinburgh
But gin that wasna a quean, ye canna deny but she luikit unco like ane, and no a blate (bashful) ane eyther.'Robert Falconer
Grant was by no means "blate" in availing himself of the hint, but the Shaws were tough fighters.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
"Faith, and you are not blate," said she whimsically, but indifferent to remove herself from a grasp so innocent.Gilian The Dreamer
We're no blate at askin' the lawin', although some folk are unco' slow at payin' o't. It's just four-and-six.Scotch Wit and Humor</p>
W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe