Adjective "abashed" definition and examples

(Abashed may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Make (someone) feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed.
  1. 'They all filed in and sat down in the chairs, looking slightly abashed that they had been caught.'
  2. 'She instantly looked abashed and bowed her head.'
  3. '‘Funnily enough, yes, I am,’ he answered, not at all abashed by my question.'
  4. 'He saw that she was not abashed and glared even more.'
  5. 'I was too abashed, too embarrassed that I had actually asked something like that!'
  6. 'Others are less abashed about hiding what they see as flaws.'
  7. 'I did not know what to say, for I was abashed by the thought.'
  8. 'The punky couple gave me a disdainful look, and I could only slink out abashed.'
  9. 'But she grinned and looked abashed, and muttered something about her grandchildren.'
  10. 'Alright, so most teenagers wouldn't admit to having such a geeky passion, but I wasn't abashed in the least.'

More definitions

1. ashamed or embarrassed; disconcerted: My clumsiness left me abashed.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be abashed."

"servants can be abashed."

"people/places/organizations can be abashed."


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French abaiss-; compare with Old French esbaiss-, lengthened stem of esbair, from es- ‘utterly’ + bair ‘astound’.