Definition of abash in English:



[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective abashed
  • Make (someone) feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed.

    ‘she was not abashed at being caught’
    • ‘He saw that she was not abashed and glared even more.’
    • ‘The punky couple gave me a disdainful look, and I could only slink out abashed.’
    • ‘Instead, he fled the country until, abashed by a public outcry and newspaper appeals to find him, he contacted his family and his father fetched him home.’
    • ‘I was too abashed, too embarrassed that I had actually asked something like that!’
    • ‘The young lady looked abashed and stepped back consciously into the shadows.’
    • ‘‘I just know I forgot to turn the water off,’ she whispered, abashed.’
    • ‘But she grinned and looked abashed, and muttered something about her grandchildren.’
    • ‘Others are less abashed about hiding what they see as flaws.’
    • ‘They all filed in and sat down in the chairs, looking slightly abashed that they had been caught.’
    • ‘Katherine was slightly abashed at his forwardness and lingered outside of the house, not really wanting to go in.’
    • ‘Alright, so most teenagers wouldn't admit to having such a geeky passion, but I wasn't abashed in the least.’
    • ‘I did not know what to say, for I was abashed by the thought.’
    • ‘She was somewhat abashed when I pointed out that I had already done so in 1997!’
    • ‘Clearing his throat, the man sent her a truly abashed expression.’
    • ‘To her credit, the blond looked slightly abashed.’
    • ‘She instantly looked abashed and bowed her head.’
    • ‘‘Funnily enough, yes, I am,’ he answered, not at all abashed by my question.’
    • ‘When Jo saw who it was, she looked slightly abashed.’
    • ‘My eyes met hers briefly, and I looked away, abashed at being caught gazing.’
    • ‘He didn't seem the least abashed that water was running down his chin and onto his clothes and that the people who were passing by were giving him weird looks.’
    embarrassed, ashamed, shamefaced, remorseful, mortified, conscience-stricken, humiliated, humbled, taken aback, disconcerted, nonplussed, discomfited, discomposed, distressed, chagrined, perturbed, confounded, dismayed, dumbfounded, crestfallen, sheepish, red-faced, blushing, confused, put out of countenance, discountenanced, with one's tail between one's legs
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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French abaiss-; compare with Old French esbaiss-, lengthened stem of esbair, from es- ‘utterly’ + bair ‘astound’.