[ bluhsh ]
/ blʌʃ /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to make red; flush.
to make known by a blush: She could not help blushing the truth.


Idioms for blush

    at first blush, without previous knowledge or adequate consideration; at first glance: At first blush, the solution to the problem seemed simple enough.

Origin of blush

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English verb blushen, blushen, blyshen “to glow,” probably from Old English blyscan “to glow brightly, glow red”; akin to Old English blysa, blisa, Old Norse blys, Middle Low German blus “torch,” bloschen “to blaze”; noun derivative of the verb

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British Dictionary definitions for blush

/ (blʌʃ) /


(intr) to become suddenly red in the face from embarrassment, shame, modesty, or guilt; redden
to make or become reddish or rosy


Derived forms of blush

blushful, adjectiveblushing, noun, adjectiveblushingly, adverb

Word Origin for blush

Old English blӯscan; related to blӯsian to burn, Middle Low German blüsen to light a fire
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Medical definitions for blush

[ blŭsh ]


A sudden and brief redness of the face and neck due to emotion; flush.

Other words from blush

blush v.
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Idioms and Phrases with blush


see at first blush.

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