Definition of blush in English:

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Pronunciation: /blʌʃ/


1 [no object] Show shyness, embarrassment, or shame by becoming red in the face: she blushed at the unexpected compliment [with complement]: Kate felt herself blushing scarlet
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  • When he asked us why we were giving him a present, we just blushed - our shame at the real reason was interpreted as a crush.
  • I shook my head to clear the thought as my face blushed with shame.
  • I answered, blushing slightly, my shyness obvious in my soft yet high voice.
redden, turn/go pink, turn/go red, turn/go crimson, turn/go scarlet, flush, colour, crimson, tint, burn up;
feel shy, feel embarrassment, feel shame, feel embarrassed, feel ashamed, feel sheepish, feel mortified
archaic mantle
1.1Feel embarrassed or ashamed: [with infinitive]: he blushed to think of how he’d paraded himself
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  • He blushed, discomfited by the five pairs of eyes staring at him, and ruffled his hair.
  • But then, if financial scandals made you blush, the entire reconstruction of the country would be pretty mortifying.
  • At one time, any hostess getting ready for a dinner party would blush for shame to think that she had bought her meal from a supermarket.
2 (often as adjective blushing) literary Be or become pink or pale red: the trees are loaded with blushing blossoms
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  • From a distance, the blossoms look like pink clouds floating over blushing pools of fallen petals.
  • As you might imagine, its name gives a vivid word picture for the color changes, blushing from ivory to pink and finally red when mature.
  • From Thursday on, the television cameras will beam sumptuous shots of loblolly pines and blushing azaleas around the world.


1A reddening of the face as a sign of shyness, embarrassment, or shame: he had brought a faint blush to her cheeks
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  • Lor gave a faint, but apparent sign of a blush in her cheek.
  • Their button black eyes looked her over and lingered on certain areas that made her feel very uncomfortable and brought a faint blush to her cheeks.
  • Some of the comments are priceless and deserve to be preserved, with the hope that they might at some future date bring a blush of shame to the cheeks of the more honorable.
flush, reddening, high colour, colour, rosiness, pinkness, ruddiness, bloom
2A pink or pale red tinge: the roses were white with a lovely pink blush
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  • As he sprays reactive chemicals on the test strips, a pink blush spreads across the paper.
  • From the front view was the setting sun giving a blush of pink, peach, orange and some purple.
  • A bright hue, a rosy blush, pretty skin that's blemish free, and a plump shape - these are generally key for ripe fruits.
3 [mass noun, often as modifier] A wine with a slight pink tint made in the manner of white wine but from red grape varieties: blush Zinfandel
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  • A vin gris or blush wine is made as above but with no maceration.
  • Dry and semi-dry roses or blush wines exhibit fresh and fruity flavors and have a moderately high level of acidity.
  • So, if he wants to drink a blush wine from California, he will, thank you.
4 [mass noun] North American another term for blusher (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • I put on foundation, powder, blush, pale pink eye shadow, and pink lip-gloss.
  • No blush or pink cheeks, she knew she would already be blushing by herself later on.
  • Her face glowed, smooth and flawless, her cheeks slightly pink with the blush Angie had used.



at first blush

At the first glimpse or impression: his next decision was at first blush disconcerting
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  • Now, of course, the American public, as I think probably reacting fairly intelligently, putting it into a larger context, and does not seem at first blush to be absolutely taken aback and shocked.
  • She continued, ‘It certainly looks to the court, at first blush, that this was a deliberate concealment of information.’
  • It can indeed be rational to be resentful of, say, the cosmic pay scales of CEOs, or the passing on of massive inherited wealth - even if these don't appear at first blush to be any of your business.

spare (or save) someone's blushes

Refrain from causing someone embarrassment: we will spare the blushes of those forecasters who notched up the biggest errors
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  • They were nude, but certain props and a sunflower spared their blushes.
  • Maybe he heard and thoughtfully spared my blushes.
  • So Jim spared his blushes and asked him for a wee note on the subject.



Pronunciation: /ˈblʌʃɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • They giggle and whisper to each other, as cool and direct and blushingly unnerving as any group of pretty teenagers.
  • When the photographer suggests that she remove her gilet for the shot, Lauren blushingly demurs on the grounds that her bra can be seen through her sweater.
  • I remember giving Bernie a big hug afterwards, as he blushingly folded away his piece of crumpled paper.


Old English blyscan; related to modern Dutch blozen.

Words that rhyme with blush

ablush, brush, crush, flush, gush, hush, hush-hush, lush, mush, plush, rush, shush, slush, thrush, tush

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