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synonyms for bashful

  • confused
  • coy
  • diffident
  • embarrassed
  • reticent
  • self-conscious
  • sheepish
  • timid
  • abashed
  • backward
  • blushful
  • blushing
  • chary
  • constrained
  • demure
  • humble
  • modest
  • nervous
  • overmodest
  • recoiling
  • reserved
  • retiring
  • self-effacing
  • shamefaced
  • shrinking
  • silent
  • timorous
  • unassertive
  • verecund
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antonyms for bashful

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  • aggressive
  • bold
  • forward
  • confident
  • unabashed
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How to use bashful in a sentence

Organizers tried getting students who might feel bashful online to at least try a game of hangman or charades.
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Mrs. Nelson, riding in front with the bashful driver, vainly sought to engage him in conversation.
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It seems ridiculous that a fellow who could hold his head straight up before a storm of cannon shot, should be positively bashful.
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The French women have none of that bashful modesty which characterises the women of England and America.
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This was so unusual in the bashful Alfred that Miss Caldwell roused and slipped lightly to the ground.
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But as he seemed stronger and more lively the next day, I concluded he was bashful and only ate when I wasn't looking.
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They had grown fond of the quiet, bashful man—and as for him, he wondered how he'd get along among normal people.
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I caught a bashful flush mounting to his ears and the rumble of a chuckle in his throat.
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The tone was one that he might employ in addressing a bashful child.
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He had turned it all over in his mind, and had been now eager about it and now bashful.
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WORDS RELATED TO BASHFUL

  • abashed
  • apologetic
  • bashful
  • blushing
  • chagrined
  • compunctious
  • conscience-stricken
  • contrite
  • crestfallen
  • debased
  • demeaned
  • disconcerted
  • distraught
  • distressed
  • embarrassed
  • flustered
  • guilty
  • hesitant
  • humble
  • humbled
  • humiliated
  • meek
  • mortified
  • muddled
  • penitent
  • regretful
  • reluctant
  • repentant
  • shamed
  • shamefaced
  • sheepish
  • shy
  • sorry
  • stammering
  • stuttering
  • submissive
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