bashful

[bash-fuhl]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. bash,
  2. bash up,
  3. bashan,
  4. bashaw,
  5. basher,
  6. bashfully,
  7. bashi-bazouk,
  8. bashibazouk,
  9. bashing,
  10. bashkir

Origin of bashful

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bashful

bashful

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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