- uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid.
- indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness.
Origin of bashful
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1. abashed, modest. See shy1.
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- disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
- indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
C16: from bash, short for abash + -ful
Word Origin and History for unbashful
1540s, from baishen "to be filled with consternation or dismay" (mid-14c.), from Old French baissier "bring down, humiliate" (see abash). Related: Bashfully; bashfulness (1530s).
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