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bash·ful

 (băsh′fəl)
adj.
1. Shy, self-conscious, and awkward in the presence of others: "I never laughed, being bashful. / Lowering my head, I looked at the wall" (Ezra Pound).
2. Characterized by, showing, or resulting from shyness, self-consciousness, or awkwardness: "He had polite bashful manners and a low grownup voice" (John Dos Passos).

[From obsolete bash, to abash, be abashed (from Middle English basshen, variant of abaishen, abasshen; see abash) + -ful.]

bash′ful·ly adv.
bash′ful·ness n.

bashful

(ˈbæʃfʊl)
adj
1. disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
2. indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
[C16: from bash, short for abash + -ful]
ˈbashfully adv
ˈbashfulness n

bash•ful

(ˈbæʃ fəl)

adj.
1. easily embarrassed; shy; timid: a bashful child.
2. indicative of or proceeding from bashfulness: a bashful manner.
[1540–50; (a) bash]
bash′ful•ly, adv.
bash′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bashful - self-consciously timidbashful - self-consciously timid; "I never laughed, being bashful; lowering my head, I looked at the wall"- Ezra Pound
timid - showing fear and lack of confidence
2.bashful - disposed to avoid noticebashful - disposed to avoid notice; "they considered themselves a tough outfit and weren't bashful about letting anybody know it"; (`blate' is a Scottish term for bashful)
Scotland - one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; located on the northern part of the island of Great Britain; famous for bagpipes and plaids and kilts
backward - (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature; "a backward lover"

bashful

bashful

adjective
Not forward but reticent or reserved in manner:
Translations
خَجول
stydlivýupejpavý
forlegengenert
feiminn
droviaidrovumasdrovusnedrąsus
biklskautrīgs
ostýchavý

bashful

[ˈbæʃfʊl] ADJtímido, vergonzoso

bashful

[ˈbæʃfʊl] adj
(= embarrassed) [person, smile] → embarrassé(e)
to be bashful about sth → être embarrassé(e) par qch
to be bashful about doing sth → être embarrassé(e) pour faire qch, éprouver de l'embarras à faire qch
(= shy) → timide

bashful

adj, bashfully
advschüchtern; (on particular occasion) → verlegen; give us a song! ah, he’s bashfulsing was! ach, er geniert sich!

bashful

[ˈbæʃfʊl] adjtimido/a

bashful

(ˈbӕʃful) adjective
shy. a bashful girl; a bashful smile.
bashfully adverb
ˈbashfulness noun

bashful

a. tímido-a, pop. corto-a.

bashful

adj tímido
References in classic literature ?
He looks as if he'd like to know us but he's bashful, and Meg is so prim she won't let me speak to him when we pass," said Jo, as the plates went round, and the ice began to melt out of sight, with ohs and ahs of satisfaction.
This last remark made me bashful, and I shook my head and settled down to `Jesse James.
said the younger Kearney, with an odd mingling of astonishment and bashful gratification.
How he would figure among them in the churchyard, between services on Sundays; gathering grapes for them from the wild vines that overran the surrounding trees; reciting for their amusement all the epitaphs on the tombstones; or sauntering, with a whole bevy of them, along the banks of the adjacent mill-pond; while the more bashful country bumpkins hung sheepishly back, envying his superior elegance and address.
A curious sight; these bashful bears, these timid warrior whalemen
And behind the woman comes a little nigger girl and two little nigger boys without anything on but tow-linen shirts, and they hung on to their mother's gown, and peeped out from behind her at me, bashful, the way they always do.
She looked down as she said this, amiably bashful, with only one side glance at her companion to observe its effect on her.
When the wine came, too, I thought it flat; and it certainly had more English crumbs in it, than were to be expected in a foreign wine in anything like a pure state, but I was bashful enough to drink it, and say nothing.
Pocket; but I said nothing, and indeed had enough to do in keeping a bashful watch upon my company-manners.
As I lounged upon the green bank, I lazily watched these parodies of humanity as they were tossed hither and thither with humourous indignity by the breeze, remarking to myself on the quaint shamelessness with which we thus expose to the public view garments which at other times we are at such bashful pains to conceal.
Then Little Toomai covered his face with his hands, for he was only a child, and except where elephants were concerned, he was just as bashful as a child could be.
Our bashful fears, our silent interjections, our blushes, as we met each other's eyes, were expressive with an eloquence, a boyish charm, which I have ceased to feel.