Definition of blush in English:

blush

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Develop a pink tinge in the face from embarrassment or shame.

    ‘she blushed at the unexpected compliment’
    [with complement] ‘Kate felt herself blushing scarlet’
    • ‘Her friends started clapping loudly, hooting and hollering as Scarlet just blushed.’
    • ‘When he asked us why we were giving him a present, we just blushed - our shame at the real reason was interpreted as a crush.’
    • ‘Claudia shook her head, blushing slightly in embarrassment as all eyes looked at them.’
    • ‘I answered, blushing slightly, my shyness obvious in my soft yet high voice.’
    • ‘Rob lay down next to her, and reached out his hand, still blushing but ignoring his embarrassment and taking her hand in his.’
    • ‘Thank God, there were no lights; I could so feel my face burn up, probably blushing.’
    • ‘I shook my head to clear the thought as my face blushed with shame.’
    • ‘Scarlet blushed and they all leaned toward her but she began to walk off.’
    • ‘Jennifer smiled at the way Scott blushed, the red flush working its way up from his neck to the top of his face.’
    • ‘She blushed scarlet, and saw that her father saw the whole thing, and was turning beat red.’
    • ‘He glared at her, and realised with embarrassment that he was blushing, which only made him blush all the more.’
    • ‘Mackenzie didn't say anything and just blushed, his cheeks burning scarlet.’
    • ‘Well at least he thought she was blushing, the colour on her face was so varied it was hard to tell.’
    • ‘Tom humbly bowed his head and his cheeks blushed in the embarrassment.’
    • ‘Now it was Gabe's turn to squirm and blush as crimson as roses.’
    • ‘She blushed deeply from embarrassment and tears grew once more in the garden of her eyes.’
    • ‘I blushed further shades of embarrassment, trying to hide myself under my raven dark hair.’
    • ‘Anthony's hand brushed against mine ever so slightly as we were moving to get in, and I blushed a deep scarlet.’
    • ‘She blushed a deep scarlet and I couldn't help but grin even more.’
    • ‘She looked down at herself, and blushed so deep a crimson it was easily visible through the white fur on her chest.’
    redden, go pink, turn pink, go red, turn red, go crimson, turn crimson, go scarlet, turn scarlet, flush, colour, crimson, tint, burn up
    feel shy, feel embarrassment, feel shame, feel embarrassed, feel ashamed, feel sheepish, feel mortified
    mantle
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    1. 1.1 Feel embarrassed or ashamed.
      [with infinitive] ‘he blushed to think of how he'd paraded himself’
      • ‘I blush to think of such thanks for such crude work, but she was thankful.’
      • ‘He blushed, discomfited by the five pairs of eyes staring at him, and ruffled his hair.’
      • ‘But then, if financial scandals made you blush, the entire reconstruction of the country would be pretty mortifying.’
      • ‘At one time, any hostess getting ready for a dinner party would blush for shame to think that she had bought her meal from a supermarket.’
      • ‘I get blushing kidneys in front of urinals if there's someone else within five paces of me.’
      • ‘I've made a few people blush mind you, but the death toll is still at zero.’
      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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  • 2often as adjective blushing(of a flower or other thing) be or become pink or pale red.

    ‘the trees are loaded with blushing blossoms’
    • ‘But the mountain still blushes with the palest of pinks, suffusing the blues that give an inkling of the intense cold.’
    • ‘From a distance, the blossoms look like pink clouds floating over blushing pools of fallen petals.’
    • ‘From Thursday on, the television cameras will beam sumptuous shots of loblolly pines and blushing azaleas around the world.’
    • ‘God knows what you said, but the dust beneath your feet blushed pink.’
    • ‘As you might imagine, its name gives a vivid word picture for the color changes, blushing from ivory to pink and finally red when mature.’
    pink, pinkish, rose-pink, rose-coloured, roseate, red, reddish, rose-red
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noun

  • 1A reddening of the face as a sign of embarrassment or shame.

    ‘he had brought a faint blush to her cheeks’
    • ‘That old nick name never went away, bringing a blush to her cheeks every time, it was a sign that her father was happy to see her.’
    • ‘‘You mean you,’ I pointed out, laughing when a faint blush crossed her cheeks.’
    • ‘A blush reddens the silent girl's cheeks slowly, and Chester drops her fork in concern, eyes darting wildly from the girl to me.’
    • ‘A blush of anger and embarrassment heated her cheeks and her irritation was further stretched.’
    • ‘Brian noticed this, and broke out in a sudden blush of embarrassment.’
    • ‘Lor gave a faint, but apparent sign of a blush in her cheek.’
    • ‘She brushed her fingers on her lips, as she felt a faint blush appear.’
    • ‘She cried outrageously, a faint blush coming to her cheeks.’
    • ‘I would be mortified cancelling someone who had flown 600 miles to see me, but important men don't sport the blush of shame.’
    • ‘Some of the comments are priceless and deserve to be preserved, with the hope that they might at some future date bring a blush of shame to the cheeks of the more honorable.’
    • ‘When she spoke of sexual abuse, a faint blush crept up her cheeks.’
    • ‘I shook my head, feeling a faint blush on my cheeks.’
    • ‘I am not certain what to make of the tune but the video does bring a healthy blush to my cheeks.’
    • ‘He raised his head to look at her, meeting her eyes and giving her a sly smile, causing a faint blush to appear on her cheeks.’
    • ‘A deep blush of embarrassment at being caught starring outside the window heated her cheeks and she looked down her hands, resting on her lap.’
    • ‘Their button black eyes looked her over and lingered on certain areas that made her feel very uncomfortable and brought a faint blush to her cheeks.’
    • ‘They smiled warmly at each other and a faint blush appeared on her cheeks.’
    • ‘The blush of shame was upon her cheek, and she hung her head.’
    • ‘I could just picture her, her cheeks tinged with a faint blush, the way she always looked when she spoke to me.’
    • ‘I felt like an idiot, and she could see the blush of shame in my face.’
    flush, reddening, high colour, colour, rosiness, pinkness, ruddiness, bloom
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    1. 1.1North American
      another term for blusher
      • ‘Her face glowed, smooth and flawless, her cheeks slightly pink with the blush Angie had used.’
      • ‘I put on foundation, powder, blush, pale pink eye shadow, and pink lip-gloss.’
      • ‘She pictured herself with pink lipstick and violet nail polish and a little blush.’
      • ‘Skip blush and allow a bit of the skin's pink color to shine through on your cheeks.’
      • ‘Stick to powder blushes as well; cream formulas tend to make oily skin look even greasier.’
      • ‘The foundation made her look so pale she'd had to use the blush and lipstick to give her face some color.’
      • ‘Remember to swipe an eye shadow or blush brush on the back of your hand before applying.’
      • ‘The pink blush on the models make the whole look ‘prettier’ than the look in the other magazine.’
      • ‘With a little rose shaded lipstick and blush, she had to admit to herself that she looked hot.’
      • ‘I brushed a little blush on my pale cheeks, applied some blue eye shadow and light mascara, and combed my thick brown hair.’
      • ‘Look for a great flat-top blush brush, like this one, for a really natural look.’
      • ‘No blush or pink cheeks, she knew she would already be blushing by herself later on.’
      • ‘He was taking a baggie of what looked to be blush powder or something out of his pocket and evening out the skin tone.’
      • ‘Then, with a blush brush, gently apply a light pink color along cheekbones.’
      • ‘She went through it carefully and then picked out black eyeliner, a skin tone colored eyeshadow, and a light pink blush.’
      • ‘The lipsticks, eye shadows, blushes and translucent powder in this kit will help transform your looks in no time.’
      • ‘She had used a light blush to make Mila's face pinker and a shimmery goldish-brown eyeshadow for her eyelids and dark, but not too dark, pink lipgloss for her mouth.’
      • ‘She put on mascara, navy blue eyeliner, dark blue eye shadow, pale pink lipstick, and pale peach blush.’
      • ‘To get this look, Lori used silver shadow, a plummy cream blush and a white shimmer lip.’
      • ‘I had on a huge amount of blush and my lips were tinted a sparkling pink.’
  • 2A pink or pale red tinge.

    ‘the roses were white with a lovely pink blush’
    • ‘In the Near East white apricots are common, with pale skin and pink blush.’
    • ‘Pea-like flowers open to a lavender blush, then mellow to buff yellow and will perfume the garden from midsummer to autumn.’
    • ‘Its general colouring is white tinged with rosy blush and it has two long red shaft tail streamers.’
    • ‘The sun sets with every shade of blush and rose imaginable lacing across the horizon.’
    • ‘As he sprays reactive chemicals on the test strips, a pink blush spreads across the paper.’
    • ‘The small, tubular flowers are a translucent white with the faintest blush of rose.’
    • ‘The market glittered with colour; the reds of the paprika, the deep blush of the red hot dried chillis.’
    • ‘Black, white and cream accentuated with shades of pink from soft blush through raspberry sorbet.’
    • ‘A bright hue, a rosy blush, pretty skin that's blemish free, and a plump shape - these are generally key for ripe fruits.’
    • ‘As soft as a blush when one is complimented, a pink hue with the warm sweetness of jasmine in a bottle that too is a blush colour yet is more romantic in tone, luminous in feel.’
    • ‘From the front view was the setting sun giving a blush of pink, peach, orange and some purple.’
  • 3A wine with a slight pink tint made in the manner of white wine but from red grape varieties.

    • ‘So, if he wants to drink a blush wine from California, he will, thank you.’
    • ‘She took some fresh tarragon and began tearing the leaves into tiny strips, dropping them into the blush wine that made the base of the marinade.’
    • ‘A vin gris or blush wine is made as above but with no maceration.’
    • ‘The many new world wines, with the exception of American blush wines, are bolder, fruitier and frequently more alcoholic and should really be included as a third category.’
    • ‘Dry and semi-dry roses or blush wines exhibit fresh and fruity flavors and have a moderately high level of acidity.’

Phrases

  • at first blush

    • At the first glimpse or impression.

      • ‘So when talking to your kids, try to avoid these sneaky references to guns and ammunition, no matter how far fetched the link seems at first blush.’
      • ‘The odd thing is that the language differences the researchers discovered would seem, at first blush, to be rather benign.’
      • ‘As contradictory as this might seem at first blush, American political journalists have relatively little access to information about what is going on at any given moment.’
      • ‘It's not as radical as what it may seem at first blush.’
      • ‘The text works and the rest of the show seem at first blush quite separate to one another but it was when we thought of how the images were made that it all came together.’
      • ‘Without knowing more about the case it's difficult to comment on it accurately but it might seem at first blush to demonstrate that the law is skewed in favour of the burglar rather than the burgled.’
      • ‘But in the days that followed the massacre, it became clear that this violent event, however random it seemed at first blush, was not entirely unpredictable.’
      • ‘She continued, ‘It certainly looks to the court, at first blush, that this was a deliberate concealment of information.’’
      • ‘However, to lay people symptoms of arsenic poisoning would appear at first blush to be a simple case of cardiac failure.’
      • ‘It can indeed be rational to be resentful of, say, the cosmic pay scales of CEOs, or the passing on of massive inherited wealth - even if these don't appear at first blush to be any of your business.’
      • ‘This, too, seems to make perfect sense at first blush; but the important question in philosophy is what is done with such claims - what further claims they are used to support.’
      • ‘His trick to gain confidence is to be so brutally forthcoming about his own personal and professional failings that his claims about the wrongdoings of others seem, at first blush, worth investigating.’
      • ‘But at first blush, we can see that there are numerous regulations that would come under your umbrella in terms of how you deal with officers who are complained about, in terms of the statutory provisions and procedure.’
      • ‘Well, nobody's comfortable at first blush with the notion of not divulging everything.’
      • ‘The dancer in front of us was, at first blush, normal enough for a goth club.’
      • ‘Well, at first blush, I would say that is reckless and negligent and destructive of innocent human life - potentially destructive of innocent human life.’
      • ‘He said, at first blush, it didn't seem there was much to it.’
      • ‘All this is pertinent to today's headlines, for a reason that may, at first blush, seem paradoxical.’
      • ‘The kind of universal electoral process you describe sounds wonderful at first blush and I might even consider voting for such a system.’
      • ‘Now, of course, the American public, as I think probably reacting fairly intelligently, putting it into a larger context, and does not seem at first blush to be absolutely taken aback and shocked.’

Origin

Old English blyscan; related to modern Dutch blozen.

Pronunciation:

blush

/bləSH/