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 ?
Laurie's bashfulness soon wore off, for Jo's gentlemanly demeanor amused and set him at his ease, and Jo was her merry self again, because her dress was forgotten and nobody lifted their eyebrows at her.
She did not doubt that the young fellow had already passed her sister on the trail, but, from bashfulness, had not dared to approach her.
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.
A gay robe of scarlet and yellow plaid, carefully made and neatly fitted, set off to advantage the dark and rich style of his beauty; and a certain comic air of assurance, blended with bashfulness, showed that he had been not unused to being petted and noticed by his master.
The woman was better off; she might have the assistance of fine clothes, and the privilege of bashfulness, but the man had only his own good sense to depend on; and when she considered how peculiarly unlucky poor Mr.
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.
Peggotty, his face lighted up with uncommon satisfaction, and laughing with all his might, held his rough arms wide open, as if for little Em'ly to run into them; Ham, with a mixed expression in his face of admiration, exultation, and a lumbering sort of bashfulness that sat upon him very well, held little Em'ly by the hand, as if he were presenting her to Mr.
It was after the early supper-time at the Red House, and the entertainment was in that stage when bashfulness itself had passed into easy jollity, when gentlemen, conscious of unusual accomplishments, could at length be prevailed on to dance a hornpipe, and when the Squire preferred talking loudly, scattering snuff, and patting his visitors' backs, to sitting longer at the whist-table--a choice exasperating to uncle Kimble, who, being always volatile in sober business hours, became intense and bitter over cards and brandy, shuffled before his adversary's deal with a glare of suspicion, and turned up a mean trump-card with an air of inexpressible disgust, as if in a world where such things could happen one might as well enter on a course of reckless profligacy.
She withdrew her veil, and looked on them with a countenance in which bashfulness contended with dignity.
I was pressed to do more than one thing which another could not do for me, and therefore endeavoured to make my mistress understand, that I desired to be set down on the floor; which after she had done, my bashfulness would not suffer me to express myself farther, than by pointing to the door, and bowing several times.
Just see if there's anything else you'd like," said Sancho, "and don't hold back from mentioning it out of bashfulness or modesty.
A fact which naturally aroused only laughing comment on the rough trader's bashfulness.