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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.
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Adv.1.bashfully - in a shy or timid or bashful mannerbashfully - in a shy or timid or bashful manner; "he smiled shyly"
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[ˈbæʃfʊlɪ] ADVtímidamente
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[ˈbæʃfʊli] adv
(= shyly) → timidement
(in an embarrassed way)avec embarras
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[ˈbæʃfʊlɪ] advtimidamente
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(ˈbӕʃful) adjective
shy. a bashful girl; a bashful smile.
bashfully adverb
ˈbashfulness noun
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References in classic literature ?
The charge was so outrageous that the steward for all answer only dropped his eyelids bashfully.
Rosa obeyed, for the Prince was fixing his eyes upon her, but he had scarcely turned them again to his paper when she bashfully retired to the door.
Outside in the garden, which was full of mellow sunset light streaming through the dark old firs to the west of it, stood Anne and Diana, gazing bashfully at each other over a clump of gorgeous tiger lilies.
To this, Kit only replied by bashfully bidding his mother 'get out,' and forming sundry strange figures with his legs and arms, accompanied by sympathetic contortions of his face.
The couples who are bashfully talkative before third persons; the couples who are bashfully silent under similar circumstances.
'Nay,' he replied, looking down, and blushing bashfully.
He was all ready when an attendant came to escort him to the presence of the Princess; he followed bashfully and was ushered into a room more dainty and attractive than it was splendid.
The matron looked, from the little kettle, to the beadle, who was moving towards the door; and as the beadle coughed, preparatory to bidding her good-night, bashfully inquired whether--whether he wouldn't take a cup of tea?
"Don't you forget, now," said the boy, looking bashfully into the bright eyes that danced with pleasure as the girl blushed and smiled, and answered reproachfully; "Why, of course I shan't!"
'Surely you did not hear them!' she said bashfully.
They looked up at me bashfully and made some request of their mother.
Smith was puckering his eyes at, was the sight of his daughter clinging round Captain Anthony's neck--a sight not in itself improper, but which had the power to move young Powell with a bashfully profound emotion.