Abash meaning

ə-băsh
To make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert.
verb
4
0
To make embarrassed and ill at ease; make self-conscious; disconcert.
verb
2
0
To make ashamed; to embarrass; to destroy the self-possession of, as by exciting suddenly a consciousness of guilt, mistake, or inferiority; to disconcert; to discomfit. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350).]

"He was a man whom no check could abash." – Thomas Babington Macaulay.

verb
0
0
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.

verb
0
1
Advertisement

Origin of abash

  • Middle English abaishen to lose one's composure from Old French esbahir esbahiss- es- intensive pref. (from Latin ex- ex–) baer to gape bay2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 Wiktionary