What does Bashful mean?

The term Bashful means shy or timid and refers to someone who easily gets embarrassed.

It is a synonym for the word “shy” in behaviour topics. However, these two words are not quite identical.

“Bashful” mostly describes people who are self-conscious and easily intimidated, but also very open-minded and friendly.

In fact, if a person is “bashful,” it is often seen as an endearing trait, since some people find shyness to be a cute personality trait.


What's the origin of Bashful?

The word has been around for a long time, since it’s not really a slang, although its true origin is unclear.

In the 1540s, the word got more popular, and many people added it to their vocabulary, defining it as someone who is  excessively modest, shy and sheepish.

However, the “bashful” can also be linked to the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, who once said “Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.”

Spread & Usage

How did Bashful spread?

Even though the word is well known, it has become somewhat out-dated over the years, and people no longer use it so often.

Nonetheless, the search result for the word on Google is around 12,500,000, which mainly includes online dictionary definitions of the word.

The earliest entry submitted about “bashful” on Urban Dictionary was by a user named kori in 2008.

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