from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Shy, self-conscious, and awkward in the presence of others. See Synonyms at shy1.
- adj. Characterized by, showing, or resulting from shyness, self-consciousness, or awkwardness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. this sense?) inclined to avoid notice
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Abashed; daunted; dismayed.
- adj. Very modest, or modest to excess; constitutionally disposed to shrink from public notice; indicating extreme or excessive modesty; shy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wanting in self-possession; fearful; dismayed.
- Easily put to confusion; modest to excess; diffident; shy; sheepish.
- Indicative of, accompanied with, or proceeding from bashfulness.
- Exciting bashfulness or shame.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. disposed to avoid notice
- adj. self-consciously timid
From Middle English basshe, from basshed, past participle of basshen, to be discomfited, probably variant of abaishen; see abash.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Aphesis of abashed + -ful (“full of”). (Wiktionary)