What does blush mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bloom, blush, flush, rosinessnoun

    a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health

  2. blush, flushverb

    sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)

  3. blush, crimson, flush, reddenverb

    turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame

    "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"

  4. blushverb

    become rosy or reddish

    "her cheeks blushed in the cold winter air"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Blushnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The virgin’s wish, without her fears, impart,
    Excuse the blush, and pour out all the heart. Alexander Pope.

    But here the roses blush so rare,
    Here the mornings smile so fair,
    As if neither cloud, nor wind,
    But would be courteous, would be kind. Richard Crashaw.

    All purely identical propositions, obviously and at first blush, appear to contain no certain instruction in them. John Locke.

  2. To BLUSHverb

    Etymology: blosen, Dutch.

    I have mark’d
    A thousand blushing apparitions
    To start into her face; a thousand innocent shames,
    In angel whiteness, bear away these blushes. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    Pale and bloodless,
    Being all descended to the lab’ring heart,
    Which with the heart there cools, and ne’er returneth
    To blush and beautify the cheek again. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    I will go wash:
    And when my face is fair, you shall perceive
    Whether I blush, or no. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    All these things are graceful in a friend’s mouth, which are blushing in a man’s own. Francis Bacon, Essay 28.

    Shame causeth blushing; blushing is the resort of the blood to the face; although blushing will be seen in the whole breast, yet that is but in passage to the face. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    Blush then, but blush for your destructive silence,
    That tears your soul. Edmund Smith, Phædr. and Hippolitus.

    To day he puts forth
    The tender leaves of hope; tomorrow blossoms,
    And bears his blushing honours thick upon him. Sh. H. VI.

    Along those blushing borders, bright with dew. James Thomson.

    He whin’d, and roar’d away your victory,
    That pages blush’d at him; and men of heart
    Look’d wond’ring at each other. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    You have not yet lost all your natural modesty, but blush at your vices. Edmund Calamy, Sermons.


  1. blush

    Blush is a reddening of the face typically caused by embarrassment, shame, or modesty. It can also refer to a type of cosmetic applied to the cheeks to give them a rosy or slightly reddened hue.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blushverb

    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

  2. Blushverb

    to grow red; to have a red or rosy color

  3. Blushverb

    to have a warm and delicate color, as some roses and other flowers

  4. Blushverb

    to suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate

  5. Blushverb

    to express or make known by blushing

  6. Blushnoun

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

  7. Blushnoun

    a red or reddish color; a rosy tint

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blush

    blush, n. a red glow on the face caused by shame, modesty, &c.: any reddish colour: sudden appearance.—v.i. to show shame or confusion by growing red in the face: to grow red.—n. Blush′et (Ben Jonson), a young, modest girl.—adj. Blush′ful, full of blushes: modest—n. Blush′ing, the act of turning red: the appearance of colour upon the cheek.—p.adj. showing blushes: modest.—adv. Blush′ingly.—At the first blush, at the first glance.—To put to the blush, to cause to blush. [Prob. Scand.; cog. with A.S. blysa, a blaze. See Blaze, Blowze.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. BLUSH

    A temporary erythema and calorific effulgence of the physiognomy, aeteologized by the perceptiveness of the sensorium, in a predicament of inequilibrity, from a sense of shame, anger or other cause, eventuating in a paresis of the vase-motorial, muscular filaments of the facial capillaries, whereby, being divested of their elasticity, they become suffused with a radiance emanating from an intimidated praecordia.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BLUSH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Blush is ranked #71265 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Blush surname appeared 274 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Blush.

    95.2% or 261 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blush in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blush in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of blush in a Sentence

  1. Bekir Bozdag:

    I am unable to read the shameful insults made against our president. I start to blush.

  2. Jeremy Tillman:

    At first blush, individuals may find it reassuring that their data is being collected and processed by faceless corporations rather than their neighbor next door, however, there are two caveats to this logic, he added. First, while your neighbor may not be personally collecting your data, he may very well be the data analyst working at the company that does. In other words, there are distinct individuals within each company whose entire job is to analyze, evaluate, and interact with user data. Ten or more trackers that collect personal data were found on 21.3 percent of the sites covered by the study. CUNNING MALWARE SPREADS, GOES AFTER YOUR BANK ACCOUNT Google Analytics and Facebook Connect are some of the most prominent trackers, according to Ghostery. Google Analytics is in the top ten of the most widely used trackers based on the various services the Internet giant uses, including Google Analytics and Google Analytics Adsense. Facebook Connect is next with three. Google Analytics was found on almost half of all loaded pages at 46.4 percent, while Facebook Connect was on more than a fifth, coming in at 21.9 percent. Other companies that showed include comScore and Twitter. And Google Analytics’s not easy keeping tabs on these trackers since many are n’t installed by the website owner, according to Jeremy Tillman.

  3. Rachel Zoe:

    I really love Warrior. It’s the perfect masculine yet feminine fragrance, that’s subtle but notable, i have also collected some really beautiful scents by Tom Ford. My favorite is Santal Blush, I’ve worn it forever.

  4. Mark Badgley:

    It was a white lace dress the night before the Oscars and she wanted it to be blush colored. So, James and I had to dip-dye it in the kitchen sink.

  5. Gavin Newsom:

    He is to the right of Donald Trump, he would make, honestly, Donald Trump blush.

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    tasteless showiness
    • A. brashness
    • B. auspices
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