verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of blush
Examples from the Web for blushing
Chuck Todd solemnized his marriage to Meet the Press, NBC News's 67-year-old public affairs program, much like a blushing bride.
Watts does a good, blushing sideways glance and has her flat upper class intonations off to a tee.Princess Diana Was the Girlfriend From Hell. Why Is This Movie So Boring?|Tina Brown|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She was a blushing bride of seventeen, a sad and stoic wife, a loving mother, an embittered chaperone, and a daughter pushed away.
Watch how he toys with Dick Cavett in this mid-1970s interview, rendering the veteran talk show host a blushing fan.
Smiling to the cameras and blushing and passing chocolates to Raffaele did little to help her.
Nay, do not turn away that dear blushing face from me; remember it is your father who speaks to you.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
It was very pleasant to see the blushing girl hiding her tearful face in the old man's arms.Mirk Abbey, Volume 3(of 3)|James Payn
She turned her back on him, blushing to the roots of her hair.The Bad Man|Charles Hanson Towne
Only you must, this winter, get over that confounded habit of blushing.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
Blushing like a rose with mortification, poor Beatrix fled swiftly from the room.Her Dark Inheritance|Mrs. E. Burke Collins
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.