Definition of bashful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbaSHfəl/


Reluctant to draw attention to oneself; shy: don’t be bashful about telling folks how you feel
More example sentences
  • They hope to draw in more bashful youngsters with modern features including up-to-date chart music and videos as well as animation.
  • I noticed a flush on Angie's cheek as Christopher smiled, bashful but reserved.
  • The staff are very approachable and we let more bashful people wander around to avoid embarrassment unless they ask us.
shy, reserved, diffident, inhibited, retiring, reticent, reluctant, shrinking;
hesitant, timid, apprehensive, nervous, wary, demure, coy, blushing



Pronunciation: /ˈbaSHfəlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘I feel strongly about that stuff,’ he adds almost bashfully.
  • But as Bill praised the service at a ceremony outside The Lowry centre, Katie, who was waiting for her turn to speak, pulled faces and smiled bashfully at the audience.
  • ‘He called me up and asked me to get involved in his new image and design stuff,’ Devangelis says bashfully.


Pronunciation: /ˈbaSHfəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • The MVP award is a topic players normally shoo away with humility and bashfulness - whether sincere or not.
  • By reserve we do not mean bashfulness or timidity.
  • Modesty suggests shunning indecent behavior but it also implies bashfulness based on timidity.


Late 15th century: from obsolete bash 'make or become abashed' (from abash) + -ful.

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Syllabification: bash·ful

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