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bashful

Line breaks: bash|ful
Pronunciation: /ˈbaʃfʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

Definition of bashful in English:

adjective

Reluctant to draw attention to oneself; shy: everything you need to know but have been too bashful to ask suddenly bashful, she could think of nothing to say don’t be bashful about telling folk 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.
Synonyms
hesitant, apprehensive, nervous, insecure, doubting, wary, unconfident, inhibited, faint-hearted;
embarrassed, shamefaced, sheepish

Origin

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

Derivatives

bashfully

1
adverb
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.

bashfulness

2
noun
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.

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