What does bashful mean?

bashful meaning in General Dictionary

Abashed daunted dismayed

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  • disposed to prevent notice
  • self-consciously fearful
  • Abashed; daunted; dismayed.
  • extremely modest, or moderate extra; constitutionally disposed to shrink from community notice; showing severe or exorbitant modesty; timid; because, a bashful individual, action, phrase.

bashful meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1540s, with -ful + baishen "become filled with consternation or dismay" (mid-14c.), from Old French baissier "bring straight down, humiliate" (see abash). A silly case with this suffix attached to a verbal stem in the passive feeling. Related: Bashfully; bashfulness (1530s).

bashful meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Abashed; daunted; dismayed.

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  • (a.) Very moderate, or moderate excess; constitutionally disposed to shrink from public notice; indicating severe or excessive modesty; bashful; as, a bashful individual, activity, expression.

Sentence Examples with the word bashful

Bagration called to him, and Tushin, raising three fingers to his cap with a bashful and awkward gesture not at all like a military salute but like a priest's benediction, approached the general.

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