- uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid.
- indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness.
Origin of bashful
Synonyms for bashful
Antonyms for bashful
Examples from the Web for unbashfully
Historical Examples of unbashfully
She slips her arm around his neck and presses her lips warmly, unbashfully to his cheek.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
- disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
- indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
Word Origin for bashful
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).