Definition of abash in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Make (someone) feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed.

    ‘if anything was officially done or said to him, it did not abash him’
    • ‘they have taken great delight in abashing critics’
    • ‘I was too abashed, too embarrassed that I had actually asked something like that!’
    • ‘Katherine was slightly abashed at his forwardness and lingered outside of the house, not really wanting to go in.’
    • ‘She was somewhat abashed when I pointed out that I had already done so in 1997!’
    • ‘He saw that she was not abashed and glared even more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Funnily enough, yes, I am,’ he answered, not at all abashed by my question.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clearing his throat, the man sent her a truly abashed expression.’
    • ‘They all filed in and sat down in the chairs, looking slightly abashed that they had been caught.’
    • ‘To her credit, the blond looked slightly abashed.’
    • ‘When Jo saw who it was, she looked slightly abashed.’
    • ‘The young lady looked abashed and stepped back consciously into the shadows.’
    • ‘My eyes met hers briefly, and I looked away, abashed at being caught gazing.’
    • ‘‘I just know I forgot to turn the water off,’ she whispered, abashed.’
    • ‘The punky couple gave me a disdainful look, and I could only slink out abashed.’
    • ‘But she grinned and looked abashed, and muttered something about her grandchildren.’
    • ‘Others are less abashed about hiding what they see as flaws.’
    • ‘She instantly looked abashed and bowed her head.’



/əˈbaSH/ /əˈbæʃ/


Middle English from Anglo-Norman French abaiss-; compare with Old French esbaiss-, lengthened stem of esbair, from es- ‘utterly’ + bair ‘astound’.