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bashful (adj.)

1540s, "excessively modest, shy and sheepish," with -ful + baishen "to be filled with consternation or dismay" (mid-14c.), from Old French baissier "bring down, humiliate" (see abash). An unusual case of this suffix attached to a verbal stem in the passive sense. Related: Bashfully; bashfulness (1530s).

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Definitions of bashful

bashful (adj.)
self-consciously timid; "I never laughed, being bashful; lowering my head, I looked at the wall"- Ezra Pound;
bashful (adj.)
disposed to avoid notice; (`blate' is a Scottish term for bashful);
they considered themselves a tough outfit and weren't bashful about letting anybody know it
Synonyms: blate
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