- to redden, as from embarrassment or shame: He blushed when they called him a conquering hero.
- to feel shame or embarrassment (often followed by at or for): Your behavior makes me blush for your poor mother.
- (of the sky, flowers, etc.) to become rosy.
- (of new house paint or lacquer) to become cloudy or dull through moisture or excessive evaporation of solvents.
- to make red; flush.
- to make known by a blush: She could not help blushing the truth.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for blush
Storage containers hold a treasure trove of mascara, lipstick, blush, and other makeup.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
At first blush, this practice may have the appearance of legitimacy in cases where detainees refused to eat or drink.‘Rectal Feeding’ Has Nothing to Do with Nutrition, Everything to Do with Torture
December 10, 2014
But Ello is not the Shangri-La of social networks that it might appear to be at first blush.Ello, Is It You We’re Looking For?
September 26, 2014
All of them are plain, boring, unadventurous, and blush when the topic of sex is brought up.Lifetime’s ‘Girlfriend Intervention’: The Fairy Black Mothers TV Doesn’t Need
September 25, 2014
At first blush, Henry Ford, the founder of Ford, and Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, would seem to have little in common.From the Model T to the Model S
The Daily Beast
September 24, 2014
The vivid beauty of her blush startled him, and she drew her hand quickly from his.Quaint Courtships
He turned hotly away, and wondered that there was no blush on the face of the woman.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I must begin, must not I, Mrs. O'Connor, by learning not to blush?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Let us aim to be able to put them often to our consciences without a blush.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
I hope I have convinced, I am sure I have made you blush, my dear, and that is some satisfaction.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- (intr) to become suddenly red in the face from embarrassment, shame, modesty, or guilt; redden
- to make or become reddish or rosy
- a sudden reddening of the face from embarrassment, shame, modesty, or guilt
- a rosy glowthe blush of a peach
- a reddish or pinkish tinge
- a cloudy area on the surface of freshly applied gloss paint
- at first blush when first seen; as a first impression
Word Origin and History for blush
mid-14c., bluschen, blischen, probably from Old English blyscan "blush, become red, glow" (glossing Latin rutilare), akin to blyse "torch," from Proto-Germanic *blisk- "to shine, burn," which also yielded words in Low German (e.g. Dutch blozen "to blush") and Scandinavian (e.g. Danish blusse "to blaze; to blush"); ultimately from PIE *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).
For vowel evolution, see bury. Earliest recorded senses were "to shine brightly; to look, stare." Sense of "turn red in the face" (with shame, modesty, etc.) is from c.1400. Related: Blushed; blushing.
mid-14c., "a look, a glance" (sense preserved in at first blush), also "a gleam, a gleaming" (late 14c.), from blush (v.). As "a reddening of the face" from 1590s. Meaning "a rosy color" is 1590s.
- A sudden and brief redness of the face and neck due to emotion; flush.
Idioms and Phrases with blush
see at first blush.