Bashful meaning

băshfəl
The definition of bashful is someone easily embarrassed or timid or shy.

A child hiding behind their parent is an example of bashful.

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Shy, self-conscious, and awkward in the presence of others.
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Characterized by, showing, or resulting from shyness, self-consciousness, or awkwardness.
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Timid, shy, and easily embarrassed.
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Showing an embarrassed timidity.
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Inclined to avoid notice.
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Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.
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Origin of bashful

  • From obsolete bash to abash, be abashed (from Middle English basshen) (variant of abaishen, abasshen abash) –ful

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

  • Aphesis of abashed +‎ -ful (“full of”).

    From Wiktionary