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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.


Blushing \Blush"ing\, a. Showing blushes; rosy red; having a warm and delicate color like some roses and other flowers; blooming; ruddy; roseate.

The dappled pink and blushing rose.


Blushing \Blush"ing\, n. The act of turning red; the appearance of a reddish color or flush upon the cheeks.

  1. Showing blushes; rosy red. n. The act of one who blushes; a blush. v

  2. (present participle of blush English)


adj. having a red face from embarrassment or shame or agitation or emotional upset; "the blushing boy was brought before the Principal"; "her blushful beau"; "was red-faced with anger" [syn: blushful, blushing(a), red-faced]


Blushing is the reddening of a person's face due to psychological reasons. It is normally involuntary and triggered by emotional stress, such as that associated with embarrassment, anger, or romantic stimulation.

Severe blushing is common in people who suffer social anxiety in which the person experiences extreme and persistent anxiety in social and performance situations.

Usage examples of "blushing".

A nude, ridiculous man with a blushing appendectomy scar appeared in the doorway suddenly and bellowed.

Helena blushing deeply at the results of my palpations and questioning.

There were garnet-red cherries, peridot grapes, apples like great rubies streaked with gold and amber, amethyst blueberries, strawberries glowing like pink charcoal, yellow pears of topaz, lucid gooseberries of translucent green quartz, quinces still on their twigs, melons, pomegranates, polished damsons, figs like blushing drops of jade.

Lorene, blushing, turned to Prew and winked and he found her fingers with his own hand secretly and pressed them into him hard.

No doubt blushing redder than an active volcano, Sal headed for his own tent.

Enderby now gently, shyly, and with some blushing, began to insinuate, that is to say squashily attempt to insert, that is to say.

Blushing, they stood to one side, leaving him access to the fallen girl.

Calmly I note the usual side reactions: sudden tightening of the tongue, unprompted blushing, drags of nausea, beaked headaches.

After the dinner, which was a very elaborate one, was at an end, and the guests were discussing their tobacco-pipes, Martha Hilton glided into the room, and stood blushing in front of the chimney-place.

He thought her fairer than erst, and made as if he would put his arms about her, but she held a little aloof from him, blushing yet more.

Miss Cook blushing and clutching Laurie to her bosom with both hands, an order from George having been required to secure her so, expressionless Sophie likewise clutching Astoria.

Among them was a trio in Goteborg, Sweden, who noticed that many of their hyperhidrosis patients not only stopped sweating after surgery but stopped blushing, too.

The health was immediately pledged by all present, to the great confusion of our poor blushing Sophia, and the great concern of Jones upon her account.

Fredersdorf, drawing Lupinus forward, who stood deeply blushing before Eckhof.

Honoria saw them off into the gardens, Olivia chatting away while Lord Melton gazed in admiration at a blushing Cassandra.