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bashful

[bash-fuh l] /ˈbæʃ fəl/
adjective
1.
uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid.
2.
indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; (a)bash + -ful
Related forms
bashfully, adverb
bashfulness, noun
overbashful, adjective
overbashfully, adverb
overbashfulness, noun
unbashful, adjective
unbashfully, adverb
unbashfulness, noun
Synonyms
1. abashed, modest. See shy1 .
Antonyms
arrogant.
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Examples from the web for bashful
  • 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.
  • Though given how often her legs are discreetly arranged to obscure her nether regions she's awfully bashful for a corpse.
  • Congressmen are intensely interested in how the new map will look and are not bashful about making their own suggestions.
British Dictionary definitions for bashful

bashful

/ˈbæʃfʊl/
adjective
1.
disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
2.
indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
Derived Forms
bashfully, adverb
bashfulness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from bash, short for abash + -ful
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Word Origin and History for bashful
adj.

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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