- The definition of a blush is when the face becomes red either from shame or shyness.
A woman's face turning red after being told she's beautiful is an example of a blush.
- Blush means to turn red, usually in the face, from shyness or embarrassment.
A person's face turning red because someone walks in on them while showering is an example of to blush.
- to become red in the face from shame, embarrassment, or confusion
- to be ashamed or embarrassed: usually with at or for
- to be or become rosy
Origin of blushMiddle English blushen, to shine brightly, blush, glance ; from Old English blyscan; akin to blyse, torch ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhles-, shine from source blaze
- to reveal by blushing
- to redden
- a reddening of the face, as from shame
- a rosy color: the blush of youth
- any of various cosmetic powders, creams, etc., traditionally pink or reddish, applied to the face, esp. the cheeks, to give added color
at first blush
Origin of blushorig. ME sense
intransitive verbblushed, blush·ing, blush·es
- To become red in the face, especially from modesty, embarrassment, or shame; flush.
- To become red or rosy.
- To feel embarrassed or ashamed: blushed at his own audacity.
- A reddening of the face, especially from modesty, embarrassment, or shame.
- A red or rosy color: the blush of dawn.
- A glance, look, or view: thought the painting genuine at first blush.
- Makeup used on the face and especially on the cheekbones to give a usually rosy tint. Also called blusher.
Origin of blushMiddle English blushen, from Old English blyscan; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present blushes, present participle blushing, simple past and past participle blushed)
- erythrophobia (fear of blushing)
Old English blyscan. Cognate with Old Norse blys (“torch”) and Danish blus (“blaze”).
- The collective noun for a group of boys.
- A blush of boys.
This is probably a fanciful expression and is not in common use.
1486 Dame Julia Barnes. The Book of St Albans.