bashful

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbæʃfʊl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbæʃfəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bashfəl)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bash•ful /ˈbæʃfəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. shy.
bash•ful•ly, adv. 
bash•ful•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bash•ful  (bashfəl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed;
    shy;
    timid.
  2. indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness.
bashful•ly, adv. 
bashful•ness, n. 
  • (a)bash + -ful 1540–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged abashed, modest. See  shy 1.
    arrogant.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bashful /ˈbæʃfʊl/ adj
  1. disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
  2. indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
Etymology: 16th Century: from bash, short for abash + -ful

ˈbashfully adv ˈbashfulness n
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