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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bashful mean? 

BASHFUL (adjective)
  The adjective BASHFUL has 2 senses:

1. self-consciously timid
2. disposed to avoid notice

  Familiarity information: BASHFUL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

BASHFUL (adjective)

Sense 1bashful [BACK TO TOP]


Self-consciously timid

Context example:

I never laughed, being bashful; lowering my head, I looked at the wall


timid (showing fear and lack of confidence)

Sense 2bashful [BACK TO TOP]


Disposed to avoid notice


blate; bashful

Context example:

they considered themselves a tough outfit and weren't bashful about letting anybody know it


backward ((used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature)

Domain region:

Scotland (one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; located on the northern part of the island of Great Britain; famous for bagpipes and plaids and kilts)

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