blush

I UK [blʌʃ] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "blush":
present tense I/you/we/they blush he/she/it blushes present participle blushing past tense blushed past participle blushed
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1) if you blush, your cheeks become red because you feel embarrassed or ashamed

"A few of the girls were after me," he recalled, blushing slightly.

2) formal to feel embarrassed or ashamed
blush to do something:

I blush to admit it, but it's true.


II UK [blʌʃ] / US noun
Word forms "blush":
singular blush plural blushes
1) [countable] a red colour in your cheeks that appears when you feel embarrassed or ashamed
2) [uncountable] American blusher

spare/save someone's blushes — to prevent someone from being embarrassed or ashamed by doing or saying something, or by avoiding doing or saying something

He scored at the last minute, and spared England's blushes.


English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(in the cheeks), , (of the cheeks),


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  • blush — vb Blush, flush are comparable as verbs primarily when meaning to turn or grow red in the face and as nouns when meaning a turning or growing red in the face. Blush implies a sudden heightening of color usually as the result of shame or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Blush — Blush, n. 1. A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a sense of shame, confusion, or modesty. [1913 Webster] The rosy blush of love. Trumbull. [1913 Webster] 2. A red or reddish color; a rosy tint. [1913 Webster] Light s last blushes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blush — [ blɶʃ ] n. m. • 1969; mot angl. « afflux de sang au visage » ♦ Anglic. Fard à joues sec. Touche de blush. Des blushs. ● blush, blushs nom masculin (anglais to blush, rougir) Fard à joues applicable au pinceau. blush [blœʃ] n. m. ÉTYM. 1969 …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Blush — (bl[u^]sh) v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Blushed} (bl[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Blushing}.] [OE. bluschen to shine, look, turn red, AS. blyscan to glow; akin to blysa a torch, [=a]bl[=y]sian to blush, D. blozen, Dan. blusse to blaze, blush.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blush — blush·ful; blush; blush·er; blush·ful·ly; blush·ing·ly; un·blush·ing·ly; un·blush·ing·ness; …   English syllables

  • blush — [blush] vi. [ME blushen, to shine brightly, blush, glance < OE blyscan; akin to blyse, torch < IE * bhles , shine > BLAZE1] 1. to become red in the face from shame, embarrassment, or confusion 2. to be ashamed or embarrassed: usually… …   English World dictionary

  • Blush — Blush, v. t. 1. To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To blush and beautify the cheek again. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express or make known by blushing. [1913 Webster] I ll blush you thanks. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blush — ► VERB ▪ become red in the face through shyness or embarrassment. ► NOUN 1) an instance of blushing. 2) literary a pink or pale red tinge. ● at first blush Cf. ↑at first blush DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • blush-on — /blush on , awn /, n. blusher (def. 2). [b. BLUSH and v. phrase brush on] * * * …   Universalium

  • blush-on — blush′ on n. cvb clo blusher 2) • Etymology: b. blush and v. phrase brush on …   From formal English to slang

  • blush — [n] pink coloring bloom, blossom, burning, color, flush, flushing, glow, glowing, mantling, pink tinge, reddening, redness, rosiness, rosy tint, ruddiness, scarlet; concept 622 Ant. paleness, pallidity, whiteness blush [v] become colored, pinken… …   New thesaurus

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