• To become red in the face (and sometimes experience an associated feeling of warmth), especially due to shyness, shame, excitement, or embarrassment.
  • To be ashamed or embarrassed (to do something).
  • To become red.
  • To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make rosy.
  • To change skin color in the face (to a particular shade).
  • To express or make known by blushing.
  • To have a warm and delicate colour, like some roses and other flowers.
  • To glance with the eye, cast a glance.


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  • From Middle English blusshen, bluschen, blusschen, blisshen, from Old English blysċan, perhaps from Proto-Germanic *blaskijaną, from *blasǭ or alternatively from Proto-Germanic *bluskijaną, from *blusjǭ. Cognate with Middle Low German blöschen. Compare also Old English blysian, Dutch blozen, Danish blusse, Old Norse blys, Danish blus.
  • Unknown; attested in the late 15th century.

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