- to redden, as from embarrassment or shame: He blushed when they called him a conquering hero.
- to feel shame or embarrassment (often followed by at or for): Your behavior makes me blush for your poor mother.
- (of the sky, flowers, etc.) to become rosy.
- (of new house paint or lacquer) to become cloudy or dull through moisture or excessive evaporation of solvents.
- to make red; flush.
- to make known by a blush: She could not help blushing the truth.
- at first blush, without previous knowledge or adequate consideration; at first glance: At first blush, the solution to the problem seemed simple enough.
Origin of blush
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Examples from the Web for blushing
Chuck Todd solemnized his marriage to Meet the Press, NBC News's 67-year-old public affairs program, much like a blushing bride.Todd Brings Goatee and Game to MTP Debut
September 7, 2014
Watts does a good, blushing sideways glance and has her flat upper class intonations off to a tee.Princess Diana Was the Girlfriend From Hell. Why Is This Movie So Boring?
November 4, 2013
She was a blushing bride of seventeen, a sad and stoic wife, a loving mother, an embittered chaperone, and a daughter pushed away.This Week’s Hot Reads: June 5, 2012
Nicholas Mancusi, Jimmy So
June 6, 2012
Watch how he toys with Dick Cavett in this mid-1970s interview, rendering the veteran talk show host a blushing fan.Marlon Brando's Lasting Influence
January 11, 2011
Smiling to the cameras and blushing and passing chocolates to Raffaele did little to help her.The New Face of Evil
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 6, 2009
"He asked me if I liked white kids," answered the blushing peasant.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Above, below, the rose of snow, Twined with her blushing foe we spread.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
People giggled, and she snatched her hand away, blushing furiously.The Bacillus of Beauty
"You'll have to call me Letty," said the pretty old lady, smiling and blushing.Quaint Courtships
Were you ever detected in the crime of blushing, in your life, Mrs. O'Connor?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- (intr) to become suddenly red in the face from embarrassment, shame, modesty, or guilt; redden
- to make or become reddish or rosy
- a sudden reddening of the face from embarrassment, shame, modesty, or guilt
- a rosy glowthe blush of a peach
- a reddish or pinkish tinge
- a cloudy area on the surface of freshly applied gloss paint
- at first blush when first seen; as a first impression
Word Origin and History for blushing
mid-14c., bluschen, blischen, probably from Old English blyscan "blush, become red, glow" (glossing Latin rutilare), akin to blyse "torch," from Proto-Germanic *blisk- "to shine, burn," which also yielded words in Low German (e.g. Dutch blozen "to blush") and Scandinavian (e.g. Danish blusse "to blaze; to blush"); ultimately from PIE *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).
For vowel evolution, see bury. Earliest recorded senses were "to shine brightly; to look, stare." Sense of "turn red in the face" (with shame, modesty, etc.) is from c.1400. Related: Blushed; blushing.
mid-14c., "a look, a glance" (sense preserved in at first blush), also "a gleam, a gleaming" (late 14c.), from blush (v.). As "a reddening of the face" from 1590s. Meaning "a rosy color" is 1590s.
- A sudden and brief redness of the face and neck due to emotion; flush.
Idioms and Phrases with blushing
see at first blush.