- uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid.
- indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness.
- disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
- indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
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).