I. adjective reluctant to draw attention to oneself; shy. • everything you need to know but have been too bashful to ask.
• suddenly bashful, she could think of nothing to say.
• don’t be bashful about telling folk how you feel.
II. derivatives 1. bashfully /ˈbaʃfəli, ˈbaʃfʊli / adverb
2. bashfulness /ˈbaʃfəlnəs / noun
– origin late 15th cent.: from obsolete bash ‘make or become abashed’ (from abash) + -ful.