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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’
shy, reserved, diffident, retiring, self-conscious, coy, demure, reticent, reluctant, shrinking, timid, timorous, meekhesitant, apprehensive, nervous, insecure, doubting, wary, unconfident, inhibited, faint-heartedembarrassed, shamefaced, sheepishView synonyms
- ‘He's not at all bashful about photographing us older folks, either.’
- ‘Don't be bashful guys, I put the board there for all of us so don't wait for me.’
- ‘The popular children's story is about an affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur who befriends a spider named Charlotte.’
- ‘If you go and you're kind of acting bashful and you don't belong, I think people can spot that on you.’
- ‘They hope to draw in more bashful youngsters with modern features including up-to-date chart music and videos as well as animation.’
- ‘Once there, her life begins, from crawling to walking, through playful child, bashful teenager, lover and mother, into old age.’
- ‘But the bashful hero politely declined before going back to base.’
- ‘‘We do discuss it among ourselves, not just at school,’ Ian, from Cleckheaton, told me in a bashful tone.’
- ‘School sports are not for the bashful, and privacy expectations are limited.’
- ‘People genuinely do seem bashful about pressing the ‘call flight attendant’ button.’
- ‘But Mr Desmond is not known for being particularly image-conscious or bashful.’
- ‘He's also not bashful about experimenting with them while recording, which makes for some pretty funny gaffes.’
- ‘I will always remember the look of bashful happiness on Arthur's face as people in the audience constantly called out his name.’
- ‘I told him I thought he looked pretty good considering, but he was bashful and said he thought he looked pretty bad.’
- ‘The staff are very approachable and we let more bashful people wander around to avoid embarrassment unless they ask us.’
- ‘Barbara was a very, very gentle person, but she was not bashful about expressing her point of view.’
- ‘I noticed a flush on Angie's cheek as Christopher smiled, bashful but reserved.’
- ‘Emy, always modest and bashful, had blushed and refused to let him draw her, claiming that it embarrassed her to have him watching her so intently.’
- ‘Private lessons are also available for you bashful dancers at $30 per class.’
- ‘Collina's famously piercing gaze uncharacteristically drops away, almost bashful at being reminded of the compliment.’
Late 15th century: from obsolete bash ‘make or become abashed’(from abash)+ -ful.
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