Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To become red in the face, especially from modesty, embarrassment, or shame; flush.
  • intransitive v. To become red or rosy.
  • intransitive v. To feel embarrassed or ashamed: blushed at his own audacity.
  • n. A reddening of the face, especially from modesty, embarrassment, or shame.
  • n. A red or rosy color: the blush of dawn.
  • n. A glance, look, or view: thought the painting genuine at first blush.
  • n. Blusher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of blushing.
  • n. A sort of makeup, frequently a powder, used to redden the cheeks. Confer rouge.
  • n. A color between pink and cream.
  • v. To redden in the face from shame, excitement or embarrassment.
  • n. The collective noun for a group of boys.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a sense of shame, confusion, or modesty.
  • n. A red or reddish color; a rosy tint.
  • intransitive v. To become suffused with red in the cheeks, as from a sense of shame, modesty, or confusion; to become red from such cause, as the cheeks or face.
  • intransitive v. To grow red; to have a red or rosy color.
  • intransitive v. To have a warm and delicate color, as some roses and other flowers.
  • transitive v. To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate.
  • transitive v. To express or make known by blushing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shine, as the sun.
  • To glance; look.
  • To become red in the face; redden all over the face: especially from modesty, embarrassment, confusion, or shame.
  • To appear as if blushing; exhibit a red or roseate hue; bloom freshly or modestly.
  • To be ashamed: with at or for.
  • To make red.
  • To express, show, or make known by blushing, or by a change of color similar to a blush.
  • n. A gleam.
  • n. A glance; glimpse; look; view: obsolete except in the phrase at first blush.
  • n. Look; resemblance: as, she has a blush of her father.
  • n. The suffusion of the cheeks or the face with a red color through confusion, shame, diffidence, or the like.
  • n. A red or reddish color; a rosy tint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become rosy or reddish
  • v. turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame
  • n. a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
  • n. sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)

Etymologies

Middle English blushen, from Old English blyscan; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English blyscan. Cognate with Old Norse blys ("torch") and Danish blus ("blaze"). (Wiktionary)
1486 Dame Julia Barnes. The Book of St Albans. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's also embarassing and somewhat telling to admit that the only way to get me to blush is to compliment my writing.

    TGIF

  • A few of the first users have already destroyed the myth and showed off screen shots of the new Administration Panels and talked about the new features, so the blush is off the rose of wordpress. com.

    What to do with your free wordpress.com blog « Lorelle on WordPress

  • They didn't offer me a new Lexus for my troubles, however~although they did email back in blush mode.

    Chili Cookoffs

  • A blush is the foolishest thing that can be, and betrays one more than a red nose does a drunkard; and yet I would not so wholly have lost them as some women that I know has, as much injury as they do me.

    Letters from Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple (1652-54)

  • If ARTINFO misses anything, it is because we got stuck in a "blush" - colored bridesmaid's dress and fell over, briefly knocking ourselves out on the edge of the bathtub.

    ARTINFO: "WORK OF ART" RECAP: The Undead Get Dirty

  • We'll use "blush" - pronounced 'bloosh' the way Scots would say it.

    Marian's Blog:

  • Pah! the reminiscences of the horrid black-hole of a place in which we soldiers were confined; of the wretched creatures with whom I was now forced to keep company; of the ploughmen, poachers, pickpockets, who had taken refuge from poverty, or the law (as, in truth, I had done myself), is enough to make me ashamed even now, and it calls the blush into my old cheeks to think I was ever forced to keep such company.

    Barry Lyndon

  • Nars Orgasm blush is certainly an atypical name, although I will leave it to the reader to decide whether it falls under ‘’unexpected descriptive’’ or simply ‘’ambiguous.’’

    Balloon Juice » 2005 » July

  • (Great big thanks to Molly Sheridan for shepherding the thing through, and Corey Dargel for deftly assembling and mixing down a script with a density of montage that would have made Eisenstein blush.) posted by Matthew @ 11: 35 AM

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • SS: You have to definitely have a great foundation, you need a good concealer, a blush is a must for me, and an eyelash curler -- I guess that's a tool.

    Ariston Anderson: Fashion Week makeup is all about color

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  • Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to.
    Mark Twain

    July 19, 2007