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blush

blush

 
 
pronunciation:
bluhsh
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: blushed, blushes, blushing
definition: to become red in the face because of shame or embarrassment.
He blushed when the teacher asked him to read his poem to the class.
synonyms:
flush
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of becoming red in the face from shame or embarrassment.
She hoped no one would take notice of her blush.
synonyms:
flush
definition 2: a pink or red color.
A blush spread over her cheeks when she tripped on stage.
synonyms:
pink, rose
similar words:
apricot, bloom, peach, red, salmon
derivations: blushing (adj.), blushingly (adv.)
Word History
The word blush comes from a word in early English that meant "to become red" or "glow." William Shakespeare was the first to use "blush" for a reddening of the face.
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