bashfully

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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bashful
1540s, from baishen "abash" (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. baissier "bring down, humiliate" (see abash).
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