bashful


adjective

  1. uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid.
  2. indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness.

adjective

  1. disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
  2. indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
adj.

1540s, from baishen “to be filled with consternation or dismay” (mid-14c.), from Old French baissier “bring down, humiliate” (see abash). Related: Bashfully; bashfulness (1530s).

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