bashful

[bash-fuhl]
adjective
1.
uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid.
2.
indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness.

Origin:
1540–50; (a)bash + -ful

bashfully, adverb
bashfulness, noun
overbashful, adjective
overbashfully, adverb
overbashfulness, noun
unbashful, adjective
unbashfully, adverb
unbashfulness, noun


1. abashed, modest. See shy1.


arrogant.
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bashful (ˈbæʃfʊl)
 
adj
1.  disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
2.  indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
 
[C16: from bash, short for abash + -ful]
 
'bashfully
 
adv
 
'bashfulness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

bashful
1540s, from baishen "abash" (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. baissier "bring down, humiliate" (see abash).
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Example sentences
Charities are not bashful about looking a gift horse in the mouth.
Take this figure into account, and don't be bashful about asking for fair pay.
They are not bashful about mentioning their disagreements, to be sure.
She was so bashful about her success that she sometimes seemed to be
  apologizing for it.
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