- uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid.
- indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness.
Origin of bashful
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Related Wordsreticent, sheepish, diffident, coy, confused, embarrassed, timid, self-conscious, abashed, backward, blushing, chary, demure, humble, modest, nervous, reserved, retiring, shamefaced, shrinking
Examples from the Web for bashful
But, I fancy, it is many, many years ago since he was bashful.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The man to be so bashful; the woman to want so much courting!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
"Probably the presence of Stumpy made her bashful," suggested Ned.Frank Roscoe's Secret
Bashful or bold then, he will know how to make us seniors very unnecessary.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Oh, they are most beautiful," replied she, with a bashful falling of her eyelids.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
- disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
- indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
Word Origin and History for bashful
1540s, from baishen "to be filled with consternation or dismay" (mid-14c.), from Old French baissier "bring down, humiliate" (see abash). Related: Bashfully; bashfulness (1530s).