bashfulness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bashfulness - feeling embarrassed due to modestybashfulness - feeling embarrassed due to modesty  
embarrassment - the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public

bashfulness

bashfulness

noun
An awkwardness or lack of self-confidence in the presence of others:
Translations
خَجَل، حَياء
ostýchavostskromnost
forlegenhedgenerthed
szemérmesség
feimni
ostýchavosť
mahcupluksıkılganlık

bashfulness

[ˈbæʃfʊlnɪs] Ntimidez f

bashfulness

[ˈbæʃfʊlnɪs] n
(= shyness) → timidité f
(= embarrassment) → embarras m, gêne f

bashfulness

nSchüchternheit f; (on particular occasion) → Verlegenheit f

bashfulness

[ˈbæʃfʊlnɪs] ntimidezza

bashful

(ˈbӕʃful) adjective
shy. a bashful girl; a bashful smile.
bashfully adverb
ˈbashfulness noun
References in classic literature ?
Here a long silence of near a quarter of an hour ensued; for the gentleman who was to begin the conversation had all the unbecoming modesty which consists in bashfulness.
Especially it is a sport to see, when a bold fellow is out of countenance; for that puts his face into a most shrunken, and wooden posture; as needs it must; for in bashfulness, the spirits do a little go and come; but with bold men, upon like occasion, they stand at a stay; like a stale at chess, where it is no mate, but yet the game cannot stir.
They call you heartless: but your heart is true, and I love the bashfulness of your goodwill.
Yes, here were a set of sea-dogs, many of whom without the slightest bashfulness had boarded great whales on the high seas --entire strangers to them --and duelled them dead without winking; and yet, here they sat at a social breakfast table --all of the same calling, all of kindred tastes --looking round as sheepishly at each other as though they had never been out of sight of some sheepfold among the Green Mountains.
The Frau Professor insisted that nothing but German should be spoken, so that Philip, even if his bashfulness had permitted him to be talkative, was forced to hold his tongue.
She looked at the book, and then from time to time she looked at me, very kindly but very curiously, with a faint smile, so that as I stood there, inwardly writhing in my bashfulness, I had the sense that in her eyes I was a queer boy.
We have met already," she said, putting her little hand into the huge hand of Yashvin, whose bashfulness was so queerly out of keeping with his immense frame and coarse face.
It so happened that Beth's funny loan was just the thing, for in laughing over the kits, Laurie forgot his bashfulness, and grew sociable at once.
Young folks are always the better for an elder's over-looking; and Hareton, with all his bashfulness, isn't a model of nice behaviour.
The bridegrooms sat together in a corner, rigidly silent, like Quakers whom the spirit moveth not, being still in the odd predicament of bashfulness towards their own young wives.
When it once begins to dawn upon you that you are a good deal cleverer than any one else in this world, bashfulness becomes shocked and leaves you.
If I thought of it," said Rosa, allowing her love to get the better of her bashfulness, "I thought of nothing else.