blush

[OE] Modern English blush is a descendant of Old English blyscan ‘turn red, blush’, which was related to and perhaps derived from Old English blysa ‘firebrand, torch’. Similarities of form and meaning make it tempting to compare blaze, which meant ‘torch’ in Old English and came from a prehistoric Germanic *blasōn, but no connection has ever been established. Middle Dutch blosen ‘glow’ may be an intermediate form.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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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