- 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
- blusher (sense )
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.