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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: bash 'to be embarrassed or ashamed' (14-17 centuries), from abash; ABASHED

bashful

adjective
     
bash‧ful
easily embarrassed in social situations [= shy]:
a bashful grin
Don't be bashful about telling people how you feel.
bashfully adverb
bashfulness noun [uncountable]

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