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adjective Archaic.
  1. bashful; modest.
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Origin of verecund

1540–50; < Latin verēcundus, equivalent to verē(rī) to fear + -cundus adj. suffix
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Related Words for verecund

reticent, sheepish, diffident, coy, confused, embarrassed, timid, self-conscious, abashed, backward, blushing, chary, demure, humble, modest, nervous, reserved, retiring, shamefaced, shrinking

British Dictionary definitions for verecund


  1. rare shy or modest
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Word Origin for verecund

C16: from Latin verēcundus diffident, from verērī to fear
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