To make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert.
To make embarrassed and ill at ease; make self-conscious; disconcert.
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.
Origin of abash
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”).