meaning of abash

abash meaning in General Dictionary

To destroy the self-possession of to confuse or confound as by exciting abruptly a consciousness of guilt blunder or inferiority to place to shame to disconcert to discomfit

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  • reason enough to be ashamed; cause to feel self-conscious
  • To destroy the self-possession of; to confuse oru000du000a confound, as by exciting all of a sudden an awareness of shame, blunder, oru000du000a inferiority; to put to shame; to disconcert; to discomfit.

abash meaning in Urban Dictionary

1. (verb) to hit anything real tough or popular

abash meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"perplex, embarrass," very early 15c., earlier in the day "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 "becoming open, gape," from Latin *batare "to yawn, gape," from root *bat, perhaps imitative of yawning. Related: Abashed; abashing. Bashful is a 16c. derivative.

abash meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To destroy the self-possession of; to confuse or confound, as by exciting out of the blue a consciousness of shame, error, or inferiority; to put to pity; to disconcert; to discomfit.