Her reticence in that respect, however, did not in the least abash Jesse.
“She striveth alway to abash (frighten) and trouble me,” sighed Maude.
I warn him, in a tone which ought to abash him, but doesn't in the least.
It would have been useless; nothing could alter or abash her inherent unmorality.
And yet, what other course had I to take with a man whom no denial, no scorn could abash?
Divers flocks of clouds, camp-followers of the storm, could not abash her.
"Nothing in the world can abash me now," I thought as I wandered carelessly about the salon.
Nor did her presence in the least abash the boys, for they saw no impropriety in the act.
It is impossible to outface Milton, or to abash him with praise.
As I said before, those gentlemen-rascals are hard to abash.
"perplex, embarrass," early 15c., earlier "lose one's composure, be upset" (late 14c.), from Old French esbaiss-, present stem of esbaer "gape with astonishment," from es "out" (see ex-) + ba(y)er "to be open, gape," from Latin *batare "to yawn, gape," from root *bat, possibly imitative of yawning. Related: Abashed; abashing. Bashful is a 16c. derivative.