bashful /ˈbaʃfʊl, ˈbaʃf(ə)l/


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 /

2. bashfulness /ˈbaʃfəlnəs /

– origin late 15th cent.: from obsolete bash ‘make or become abashed’ (from abash) + -ful.

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