blush


blush
blushful, adj.blushfully, adv.blushfulness, n.blushingly, adv.blushless, adj.
/blush/, v.i.
1. to redden, as from embarrassment or shame: He blushed when they called him a conquering hero.
2. to feel shame or embarrassment (often fol. by at or for): Your behavior makes me blush for your poor mother.
3. (of the sky, flowers, etc.) to become rosy.
4. (of new house paint or lacquer) to become cloudy or dull through moisture or excessive evaporation of solvents.
v.t.
5. to make red; flush.
6. to make known by a blush: She could not help blushing the truth.
n.
7. a reddening, as of the face.
8. rosy or pinkish tinge.
9. blusher (def. 2).
10. rosé. Also called blush wine.
11. at first blush, without previous knowledge or adequate consideration; at first glance: At first blush, the solution to the problem seemed simple enough.
[1275-1325; (v.) ME bluschen, OE blyscan to redden; akin to OE blysa, ON blys, MLG blus torch, bloschen to blaze; (n.) ME blusch, blisch, deriv. of the v.]
Syn. 1. flush, color.
Ant. 1. pale, blanch.

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Universalium. 2010.

Synonyms:
(in the cheeks), , (of the cheeks),


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  • Blush — Blush, n. 1. A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a sense of shame, confusion, or modesty. [1913 Webster] The rosy blush of love. Trumbull. [1913 Webster] 2. A red or reddish color; a rosy tint. [1913 Webster] Light s last blushes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Blush — (bl[u^]sh) v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Blushed} (bl[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Blushing}.] [OE. bluschen to shine, look, turn red, AS. blyscan to glow; akin to blysa a torch, [=a]bl[=y]sian to blush, D. blozen, Dan. blusse to blaze, blush.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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