Etymology 1Edit

Old English blyscan. Cognate with Old Norse blys ‎(torch) and Danish blus ‎(blaze).


blush ‎(plural blushes)

  1. An act of blushing.
  2. (uncountable) A sort of makeup, frequently a powder, used to redden the cheeks. Confer rouge.
  3. A color between pink and cream.
    blush colour:    
Derived termsEdit


blush ‎(third-person singular simple present blushes, present participle blushing, simple past and past participle blushed)

  1. (intransitive) To redden in the face from shame, excitement or embarrassment.
    • Milton
      To the nuptial bower / I led her blushing like the morn.
    • 1912, Stratemeyer Syndicate, Baseball Joe on the School Nine Chapter 1
      But Tommy was bashful, and the attention he had thus drawn upon himself made him blush. He was a timid lad and he shrank away now, evidently fearing Shell.
  2. (intransitive) To become red.
    • Shakespeare
      The sun of heaven, methought, was loth to set, / But stayed, and made the western welkin blush.
  3. (transitive) To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate.
    • Shakespeare
      To blush and beautify the cheek again.
  4. (transitive) To express or make known by blushing.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll blush you thanks.
  5. (intransitive) To have a warm and delicate colour, like some roses and other flowers.
    • T. Gray
      Full many a flower is born to blush unseen.

Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

1486 Dame Julia Barnes. The Book of St Albans.


blush ‎(plural blushes)

  1. The collective noun for a group of boys.
    A blush of boys.
Usage notesEdit

This is probably a fanciful expression and is not in common use.

  • Noun sense: 1986 Oxford Reference Dictionary: Appendix




blush m (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) blush (makeup)
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