Definitions for: Blush

[n] sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)
[n] a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
[v] turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame; "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"
[v] become rosy or reddish; "her cheeks blushed in the cold winter air"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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. --Milton.

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

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

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. --Shak.

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

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

Blush, v. t.
1. To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate.

To blush and beautify the cheek again. --Shak.

2. To express or make known by blushing.

I'll blush you thanks. --Shak.

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. --Trumbull.

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.'' --Hakluyt.

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. --Locke.

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

Synonyms: bloom, crimson, flush, flush, flush, redden, rosiness

See Also: color, colour, discolor, discolour, good health, healthiness, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, redden, reflex, unconditioned reflex

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