- Abash is defined as to cause someone to feel embarrassed or ill at ease.
A child's temper tantrum is an example of something that would abash a parent.
These parents are abashed by their child's behavior.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English abaishen ; from Old French esbahir, to astonish ; from es-, intensive (; from Classical Latin ex-) plush stem of baer, to gape: see bay
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transitive verb a·bashed, a·bash·ing, a·bash·es
Origin: Middle English abaishen, to lose one's composure, from Old French esbahir, esbahiss- : es-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + baer, to gape; see bay2.
- a·bashˈment noun