from The Century Dictionary.

  • 1. Without self-possession; with misgivings.
  • In a bashful, modest, or shy manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a bashful manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a bashful manner.

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

  • adverb in a shy or timid or bashful manner


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  • And then as I got older, I was kind of bashfully admitting to myself, "Zeppelin is kind of awesome."

    Aquarium Drunkard: Music Blog

  • And then as I got older, I was kind of bashfully admitting to myself, "Zeppelin is kind of awesome."

    Aquarium Drunkard: Music Blog

  • Revenue Department official S G P Verghese "bashfully" accepted that he had asked the Enforcement Directorate about the report but neither confirmation nor denial came from their side.

    The Economic Times

  • gave me the evil hate eye. which left me to kind of bashfully shrug & be like "uh, in a massacre. its a stalinist joke." haha. it sounds like a cop-out, but it was true! we think stalin is hella funny round these parts, little lady.

    mordicai: crown me king!

  • They grouped before him in a semicircle, trying bashfully to wedge their shoulders, one behind another's, their faces a-grin and apologetic, and at the same time expressing a casual and unconscious democraticness.


  • Indeed, Ludwig almost bashfully notes that his plays are on the boards somewhere every night of the year.

    Ken Ludwig returns to Signature Theatre with golf farce 'A Fox in the Fairway'

  • In a case containing his numerous medals and gongs is the moulded penicillin he rather bashfully gave back to those who had given him awards.

    New National Museum of Scotland unveiled after £47m revamp

  • In essence, Russia is back to Soviet-style elections without choice, only now authoritarian rule is being bashfully hidden by a "multi-party" façade, with Mr. Putin's dominant United Russia facing a chorus of officially approved sparring-partners.

    Russia's Rigged Election

  • Aw shucks. [bashfully poking toe at ground] 'Tweren't nuttin.

    The Dinosaur Comes out of Hiding

  • This is the third telephone call he has taken in less than an hour but, as in his previous two conversations, Twiston-Davies is upbeat when confirming his plans for this week's festival – even if he bashfully admits to the latest owner that he has forgotten the name of the young horse they're discussing.

    Nigel Twiston-Davies sure Imperial Commander will be a Cheltenham star


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