Definition of bashful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbæʃfl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæʃfl//
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shy and easily embarrassed He was too bashful to talk about sex. She looked bashful when he asked her what she wanted. When we asked her if she had a boyfriend, she came over all bashful and wouldn’t say a thing. See related entries: Embarrassment Word Originlate 15th cent.: from obsolete bash ‘make or become abashed’ (from abash) + -ful.
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