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bashful

[ bash-fuhl ]
/ ˈbæʃ fəl /
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adjective

uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid.
indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness.

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bash, bash up, bashan, bashaw, basher, bashful, bashfully, bashi-bazouk, bashibazouk, bashing, bashkir

Origin of bashful

First recorded in 1540–50; (a)bash + -ful
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bashful

/ (ˈbæʃfʊl) /

adjective

disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
Derived Formsbashfully, adverbbashfulness, noun

Word Origin for bashful

C16: from bash, short for abash + -ful
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Word Origin and History for bashful

bashful


adj.

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).

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