verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of blush
Synonyms for blush
Antonyms for blush
Related Words for blushburning, color, blossom, glowing, flush, glow, bloom, ruddiness, rosiness, scarlet, redness, mantling, mantle, rouge, crimson, redden
Examples from the Web for blush
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of blush
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)
Word Origin 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.
see at first blush.