[ bash-fuhl ]
/ ˈbæʃ fəl /


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

Origin of bashful

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bashful

/ (ˈbæʃfʊl) /


disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty

Derived forms of bashful

bashfully, adverbbashfulness, noun

Word Origin for bashful

C16: from bash, short for abash + -ful
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