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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
go/turn/flush/blush crimson
▪ The boy blushed crimson.
go/turn/flush/blush scarlet
▪ Eileen blushed scarlet at the joke.
▪ Carlos blushes every time he talks to her.
▪ And other feelings, too, which made me blush.
▪ I positively blush like a sophomore when I think of what you said!
▪ She laughed and the Chief blushed.
▪ She waited, watching him, pleased to see the color come back and then touched to realize that he was blushing.
▪ Terry's eyebrows went up and she felt herself blushing furiously.
▪ Their heat-patterns flared, as if they were blushing all over.
▪ If there is not quite an embarrassment of riches, there is enough to make the small investor blush at the choice.
▪ Perhaps you shout epithets that would make Quentin Tarantino blush.
▪ Apparently even scaled down Tony Adams would make Jamie Theakston blush in the showers.
▪ I have a blue-tinged vocabulary that could make a construction worker blush.
▪ Over the past few years the pace of his acquisitions would make Rupert Murdoch blush.
▪ Eddie rips down the court and passes to no one, an unforced turnover that makes her blush.
▪ We will spare the blushes of those forecasters' who notched up the biggest errors.
spare sb's blushes
▪ Susan confessed with a blush that she'd been watching him.
▪ And as she remembered her own vivid imaginings a blush crept up her throat to flood her cheeks with hot colour.
▪ At first blush, this is a compelling concept.
▪ I said that I could not remember whether such a thing had ever occurred and managed to stifle a blush.
▪ Polly felt a blush warm her cheeks and looked down at the food.
▪ She had rubbed blush on her cheekbones but it was wearing thin in the heat.
▪ This Government has all the conviction of a blush on Madonna's cheek.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blush \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.]

  1. To become suffused with red in the cheeks, as from a sense of shame, modesty, or confusion; to become red from such cause, as the cheeks or face.

    To the nuptial bower I led her blushing like the morn.

    In the presence of the shameless and unblushing, the young offender is ashamed to blush.

    He would stroke The head of modest and ingenuous worth, That blushed at its own praise.

  2. To grow red; to have a red or rosy color.

    The sun of heaven, methought, was loth to set, But stayed, and made the western welkin blush.

  3. To have a warm and delicate color, as some roses and other flowers.

    Full many a flower is born to blush unseen.
    --T. Gray.


Blush \Blush\, v. t.

  1. To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate.

    To blush and beautify the cheek again.

  2. To express or make known by blushing.

    I'll blush you thanks.


Blush \Blush\, n.

  1. A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a sense of shame, confusion, or modesty.

    The rosy blush of love.

  2. A red or reddish color; a rosy tint.

    Light's last blushes tinged the distant hills.

    At first blush, or At the first blush, at the first appearance or view. ``At the first blush, we thought they had been ships come from France.''

    Note: This phrase is used now more of ideas, opinions, etc., than of material things. ``All purely identical propositions, obviously, and at first blush, appear,'' etc.

    To put to the blush, to cause to blush with shame; to put to shame.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., bluschen, blischen, probably from Old English blyscan "blush, become red, glow" (glossing Latin rutilare), akin to blyse "torch," from Proto-Germanic *blisk- "to shine, burn," which also yielded words in Low German (Dutch blozen "to blush") and Scandinavian (Danish blusse "to blaze; to blush"); ultimately from PIE *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).\n

\nFor vowel evolution, see bury. Earliest recorded senses were "to shine brightly; to look, stare." Sense of "turn red in the face" (with shame, modesty, etc.) is from c.1400. Related: Blushed; blushing.


mid-14c., "a look, a glance" (sense preserved in at first blush), also "a gleam, a gleaming" (late 14c.), from blush (v.). As "a reddening of the face" from 1590s. Meaning "a rosy color" is 1590s.


Etymology 1 n. 1 An act of blushing. 2 (context uncountable English) A sort of makeup, frequently a powder, used to redden the cheeks. Confer rouge. 3 A color between pink and cream. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To redden in the face from shame, excitement or embarrassment. 2 (context intransitive English) To become red. 3 (context transitive English) To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate. 4 (context transitive English) To express or make known by blushing. 5 (context intransitive English) To have a warm and delicate colour, like some roses and other flowers. Etymology 2

n. The collective noun for a group of boys.

  1. n. a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health [syn: bloom, flush, rosiness]

  2. sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty) [syn: flush]

  3. v. turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame; "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by" [syn: crimson, flush, redden]

  4. become rosy or reddish; "her cheeks blushed in the cold winter air"


Blush may refer to:

  • Blushing, the physiological occurrence of temporary redness of the face as an emotional response
  • Blush (cosmetics) or rouge, a cosmetic
  • Blush (magazine), a Canadian lifestyle magazine
  • Blush wine, a kind of rosé wine
  • Blush, Albania
  • Blush, a Crayola crayon color
  • Blush (surname)
Blush (film)

Blush is a 1995 Chinese film about the experience of two women during the People's Republic of China's campaign to re-educate prostitutes. Blush was directed by Li Shaohong and stars He Saifei, Wang Ji, and Wang Zhiwen. The film was a co-production between Hong Kong's Ocean Film and Beijing Film Studio. The film is based on the eponymous novel by the writer Su Tong.

Blush won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Single Achievement at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival in 1995.

Blush (magazine)

Blush (stylized as blush) is a Canadian magazine for urban mothers that focuses on pregnancy and the first three years of a child’s life.

Blush features articles on topics such as prenatal tests, breastfeeding, postnatal fitness, nutritional supplements, and maternity clothing and fashion. The magazine promotes healthy living for moms, moms-to-be, and kids, all devoted to mommy’s lifestyle. Stories on the hottest maternity clothes and lingerie, “getting your post-pregnancy body back,” and “yoga for two” give readers the inside scoop.

Blush is distributed through retailers such as West Coast Kids, UC Baby and Please Mum, a national kids’ clothing store with 91 locations in Canada. The magazine is also available at fertility clinics and hospitals across Canada. Blush is produced bi-annually by Teldon Publishing, a commercial printing company based in Richmond, British Columbia.

Blush (Mexican band)

Blush was a Mexican pop rock band from Guadalajara, Jalisco made up of 4 young women.

Blush (band)

Blush is an Asian girl group originally composed of five members from the Philippines, India, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. They were formed by FarWest Entertainment in 2010 with the intent of popularizing an Asian vocal act in the United States as well as in all of Asia. They perform in the English language and are based in Los Angeles, California. A reality show called Project Lotus: The Search for Blush about how the band was formed, premiered on Channel V on March 8, 2012. The group was the first Asian group to have its debut single hit the top 3 on a major US Billboard Chart when "Undivided" feat. Snoop Dogg made No. 3 on the Billboard Dance/Play Chart. Their second single "Dance On" got to No. 1 on that chart.

Blush (surname)

Blush is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Brian Blush, American musician, guitarist for The Refreshments
  • Heather Blush, Canadian jazz and blues singer
  • Steven Blush, American author, publisher and promoter

Fictional characters:

  • Fatima Blush, a character in the 1983 James Bond film Never Say Never Again
Blush (Wolf Alice EP)

Blush is the debut EP by British alternative rock band Wolf Alice, produced by Austen Jux-Chandler. It was released on 7 October 2013, on limited edition 10" vinyl. "She" is the first song to come from the EP, which was uploaded to Wolf Alice's Soundcloud page.

Blush (Moose Blood album)

Blush is the second studio album by British emo band Moose Blood.

Usage examples of "blush".

Beside myself with rage, blushing for very shame, seeing but too late the fault I had committed by accepting the society of a scoundrel, I went up to my room, and hurriedly packed up my carpet-bag.

However, she blushed so terribly that I thought I must be distressing her, and I left her in peace, hoping to become better acquainted with her.

He justly observes, that in the recent changes, both religions had been alternately disgraced by the seeming acquisition of worthless proselytes, of those votaries of the reigning purple, who could pass, without a reason, and without a blush, from the church to the temple, and from the altars of Jupiter to the sacred table of the Christians.

As soon as Seregil discovered how Alec blushed at the bawdy ones, he made a special point of including plenty of those.

The sight of her round, bared breast made Alec blush at first, but he soon came to regard it as one of the simple pleasures of the day.

Lipsticks and Demerols, blushes and Percocet-5, Aubergine Dreams and Nembutal Sodium capsules are spread out all over the aquamarine countertops around the vanity sink.

Troy settled at a table in the saloon, finished her drawing and treated it to a lovely blush of aquarelle crayons which she had bought for fun and because they were easy to carry.

If her gentle, questioning eyes happened to rest on him at such times, something very like a blush rose into his face, and the babbler was silenced with a terribly significant look.

John blushed, knowing the Baptist had indeed read more than he had hoped in his expression.

I say our baser ore, that at the virgin touch of our philosophical stone blushed into ruddy gold?

All the guests began to clap, and my fair neighbour blushed with pleasure.

I thought the idea a grand one, and the little fellow, in spite of his blushes, begged her to say how he had offended.

She blushed and sighed, and then being obliged to say something, begged me to forget everything that had passed between us.

Miss Possum, blushing, and Blinky just managed in time to avoid being hugged.

His longing expression, followed by sheepish blushing, finished off one lingering doubt Maia had nursedthat Brod might just possibly be a spy, left here by the reavers to watch over the prisoners.