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Definition of "bashful" [bash•ful]

  • Shy, self-conscious, and awkward in the presence of others. See Synonyms at shy1. (adjective)
  • Characterized by, showing, or resulting from shyness, self-consciousness, or awkwardness. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bashful" in a sentence
  • "He was roundly congratulated on having salvaged the ship, for in the days before he sailed, the Paragon became known as a bashful but courteous ship, given to few words but occasionally smiling so as to melt anyone's heart."
  • "To her father's disgust she bought them both, and presented them to two wide-eyed children who in bashful fascination were dogging their footsteps."
  • "The others called the bashful, baby-faced Talib "The Doctor.""
  • "The others called the bashful, baby-faced Talib "The Doctor.""
  • ""Now over here, folks, we have a formation called the bashful elephant.""
  • "But wisdom makes men bashful, which is the reason that those wise men have so little to do, unless it be with poverty, hunger, and chimney corners; that they live such neglected, unknown, and hated lives: whereas fools abound in money, have the chief commands in the commonwealth, and in a word, flourish every way."