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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Example sentences
What many people have interpreted as cold-ness is more likely the ineptness at human contact that comes from nerd-bashfulness.
Bashfulness and apathy are a tough husk in which a delicate organization is protected from premature ripening.
Yet the fellow, but for his unaccountable bashfulness, is pretty well too.
But his bashfulness offends the public interest in this case, which he alone brought to public attention.
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