Definition of abash in English:


Syllabification: a·bash
Pronunciation: /əˈbaSH


[with object] (usually as adjective abashed)
Cause to feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed: she was not abashed at being caught
More example sentences
  • I was too abashed, too embarrassed that I had actually asked something like that!
  • Katherine was slightly abashed at his forwardness and lingered outside of the house, not really wanting to go in.
  • She was somewhat abashed when I pointed out that I had already done so in 1997!
embarrassed, ashamed, shamefaced, remorseful, conscience-stricken, mortified, humiliated, humbled, chagrined, crestfallen, sheepish, red-faced, blushing, put out of countenance, with one's tail between one's legs; taken aback, disconcerted, discomfited, fazed, disturbed
informal floored


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French abaïss-; compare with Old French esbaïss-, lengthened stem of esbaïr, from es- 'utterly' + baïr 'astound'.



More example sentences
  • He tells that story, without abashment, with pride almost, but then being who he is he can get away with it.
  • Her cheeks growing red, she looked to Adam, and brushing aside her own abashment, revealed, ‘We've heard all about your recent adventures, and my, my, have you two ever been busy!’
  • Lorelei looked down onto her hands in abashment.

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