verb (used with object)
Origin of abash
Examples from the Web for abash
Rag′abash, a low fellow; Rag′amuffin, a low, disreputable person.
To each he made some apt reply, for even the priestesses of Baaltis could not abash Metem.Elissa|H. Rider Haggard
My courage seemed to abash them a little; they gathered back their petticoats like birds about to fly.Henry Brocken|Walter J. de la Mare
"Nothing in the world can abash me now," I thought as I wandered carelessly about the salon.Childhood|Leo Tolstoy
Her reticence in that respect, however, did not in the least abash Jesse.The Eddy|Clarence L. Cullen
British Dictionary definitions for abash
Word Origin for abash
Word Origin and History for abash
"perplex, embarrass," early 15c., earlier "lose one's composure, be upset" (late 14c.), from Old French esbaiss-, present stem of esbaer "gape with astonishment," from es "out" (see ex-) + ba(y)er "to be open, gape," from Latin *batare "to yawn, gape," from root *bat, possibly imitative of yawning. Related: Abashed; abashing. Bashful is a 16c. derivative.