from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of becoming red in the face through modesty, confusion, or shame; suffusion with a roseate tint.
  • Modest; bashful; given to blushing or suffused with blushes: as, a blushing maiden.
  • Freshly blooming; roseate, literally or figuratively.

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

  • noun The act of turning red; the appearance of a reddish color or flush upon the cheeks.
  • adjective Showing blushes; rosy red; having a warm and delicate color like some roses and other flowers; blooming; ruddy; roseate.

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

  • verb Present participle of blush.
  • noun The action of the verb to blush.
  • adjective That which blushes.

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

  • adjective having a red face from embarrassment or shame or agitation or emotional upset


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