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bashful

adjective

  1. (timid)  self-consciously timid
    Similar to: timid
  2. (backward)  disposed to avoid notice
    Synonyms: blate [Scotland]. Similar to: backward

Etymology summary

From Middle English basshe, from basshed, past participle of basshen, to be...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

New World Dictionary:

bashful | bashfully [adverb, related] | bashfulness [noun, related]

timid, shy, and easily embarrassed | showing an embarrassed timidity (9 of 17 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

bashful | diffident [synonym, sense-specific] | timid [synonym, sense-specific] | bashfully [adverb, derived]

disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid | indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty (19 of 462 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bashful

Merriam-Webster:

bashful | diffident [synonym, sense-specific] | self-conscious [synonym, sense-specific] | backward [synonym, sense-specific] | shy [synonym, sense-specific] | coy [synonym, sense-specific] | demure [synonym, sense-specific] | introverted [synonym, sense-specific] | modest [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

socially shy or timid; "diffident", "self-conscious" | resulting from or typical of a bashful nature (14 of 134 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bashful

Wikipedia:

Bashful [disambiguation]

may refer to: Bashful (film), a 1917 American film | Bashful (character), a character from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Bashful elephant, a stalagmite in Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, US | Boleslaus the Bashful (1226-1279), a Polish prince (37 of 87 words, 4 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

bashful | shy [synonym] | bashfully [derived] | bashfulness [derived]

reluctant to draw attention to oneself; shy (7 of 83 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bashful

American Heritage Dictionary:

bashful | bashfully [adverb, related] | bashfulness [noun, related]

Shy, self-conscious, and awkward in the presence of others. See Synonyms at shy1. | Characterized by, showing, or resulting from shyness, ... (20 of 51 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

bashful | bashfully [adverb, related] | bashfulness [noun, uncountable, related]

easily embarrassed when you are with other people (8 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bashful

Cambridge Dictionary:

bashful | bashfully [adverb, derived] | bashfulness [noun, derived]

often feeling uncomfortable with other people and easily embarrassed; shy (10 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bashful

Random House Dictionary:

bashful

uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid. | indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness. (15 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/bashful

Wiktionary:

bashful | bashfull [archaic] | shy [synonym]

inclined to avoid notice (4 of 10 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bashful

Encarta Dictionary:

bashful

behaving in a shy, self-conscious, or modest way (8 of 27 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589109​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

bashful

Origin: From Middle English basshe, from basshed, past participle of basshen, to be discomfited, probably variant of abaishen; see "abash".

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Oxford Dictionary:

bashful

First use: late 15th century

Origin: obsolete bash "make or become abashed" (from "abash") + "-ful"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bashful

Online Etymology:

bashful

First use: 1540s

Origin: baishen "abash" (mid-14th century), from Old French baissier "bring down, humiliate".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=bashful

Collins Dictionary:

bashful

First use: 16th century

Origin: from bash, short for abash + -ful

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bashful

Merriam-Webster:

bashful

First use: 1548

Origin: obsolete bash (to be abashed)

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Wiktionary:

bashful | bashfull [archaic]

Origin: Aphesis of abashed + -ful ("full of").

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New World Dictionary:

bashful

Origin: abash + "-ful"

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-ful

Origin: Middle English from Old English from full, "full"

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Encarta Dictionary:

bashful

First use: 15th century

Origin: shortened form of abash

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589109​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

bashful

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bashful"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bashful

Macmillan British Dictionary:

bashful

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bashful"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

bashful

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bashful"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/bashful

Cambridge Dictionary:

bashful

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "bashful"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "bashful"

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the Free Dictionary:

bashful

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "bashful"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "bashful"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "bashful" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

bashful

Audio: English pronunciation of "bashful"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

bashful

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bashful"

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YourDictionary Audio:

bashful

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bashful" by speech synthesizer

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