Origin of Abash
First attested in 1303. From Middle English abaisen, abaishen, abashen (“to gape with surprise”) etc., from Anglo-Norman abaïss, from Middle French abair, abaïsser (“to astonish, alter”), from Old French esbaïr, ébahir, from es (“utterly”) + bair (“to astonish”), from Latin ex- (“out of”) + baer (“to gape”), from batāre (“to yawn, gape”).
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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