English Wikipedia has an article on:


  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /blʌʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌʃ

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English blusshen, bluschen, blusschen, blisshen, from Old English blysċan (to be red; shine), perhaps from Proto-Germanic *blaskijaną, from *blasǭ (burning candle; torch) or alternatively from Proto-Germanic *bluskijaną, from *blusjǭ (torch). Cognate with Middle Low German blöschen (to blush). Compare also Old English blysian (to burn; blaze), Dutch blozen (to blush), Danish blusse (to blush), Old Norse blys (torch), Danish blus (blaze).


blush (countable and uncountable, plural blushes)

  1. An act of blushing; a red glow on the face caused by shame, modesty, etc.
    • c. 1590, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 3, Act III, Scene 3,[2]
      Why, Warwick, canst thou speak against thy liege,
      Whom thou obeyed’st thirty and six years,
      And not bewray thy treason with a blush?
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Book 9, Chapter 7,[3]
      [] when he perceived her industriously avoiding any explanation, he was contented to remain in ignorance, the rather as he was not without suspicion that there were some circumstances which must have raised her blushes, had she related the whole truth.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Volume III, Chapter I,[4]
      Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of each were overspread with the deepest blush.
    • 1925, Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway,[5]
      It was a sudden revelation, a tinge like a blush which one tried to check and then, as it spread, one yielded to its expansion []
  2. A glow; a flush of colour, especially pink or red.
    • 1809, Washington Irving, Knickerbocker’s History of New York, Chapter 4,[6]
      And now the rosy blush of morn began to mantle in the east, and soon the rising sun, emerging from amidst golden and purple clouds, shed his blithesome rays on the tin weathercocks of Communipaw.
    • 1968, “Light on Light,” Time, 10 August, 1968,[7]
      Each painting consists of a white aluminum disk, sprayed at the edges with a subtle blush of blue, pink or grey.
  3. (figuratively) Feeling or appearance of optimism.
    • 1974, “April's Fading Carnation,” Time, 9 September, 1974,[8]Superscript text
      The independence ceremony could not keep the blush of April's revolution, when carnations had seemed to sprout from every buttonhole, from fading.
    • 2016, David McKay, “AngloGold to fire up dividend in 2017 as net debt cut a third,” miningmx.com, 15 August, 2016,[9]
      The weakening of local currencies – in Argentina, Australia and Brazil – gave a blush to the financial numbers. (As a whole, all-in sustaining costs (AISC) improved to an average of $911/oz compared with the $924/oz recorded in the first half of 2015).
  4. (uncountable, countable) A sort of makeup, frequently a powder, used to redden the cheeks.
    Synonyms: blusher, rouge
    • 2016, Sana Passricha, “Keep or Toss: The Shelflife of Your Beauty Treasures,” iDIVA, 22 July, 2016,[10]
      The same rules that apply to face powder apply to powder blush, since neither contains water. Cream blush, however, should be replaced after a year. To prolong the life of any blush, clean your blush brush regularly and store the product in a dry place.
  5. A color between pink and cream.
    • 2006, Kate Betts, “What to Watch For in 2006,” Time, 9 January, 2006,[11]
      Makeup colors like ivory and blush dominate spring collections and have even infiltrated Burberry's shoes.
  6. (chiefly US) A pale pink wine made by removing the dark grape skins at the required point during fermentation.
    Synonyms: blush wine, rosé
    • 2016, Mishkah Abrahams, “Blush or Rosé? The Cape's Best Summer Drink,” capetownetc.com, 29 September, 2016,[12]
      If you’re looking to indulge in some good food while you sip your blush, pair the Chardonnay-Pinot Noir with fresh, summer foods such as sushi, refreshing salads, delicious seafood and fruity summertime desserts.
Derived termsEdit


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

  1. (intransitive) To become red in the face (and sometimes experience an associated feeling of warmth), especially due to shyness, shame, excitement, or embarrassment.
    Synonym: go red
    The love scene made him blush to the roots of his hair / to the tips of his ears.
    He wasn't used to this much attention, so he blushed as he saw dozens of pairs of eyes watching him.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Jeremiah 6.15,[13]
      [] they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush:
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 7, lines 1147-1148,[14]
      To the Nuptial Bowre
      I led her blushing like the Morn:
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, London: for the author, Volume 4, Letter 41, p. 233,[15]
      I wonder whether they [women] ever blush at those things by themselves, at which they have so charming a knack of blushing in company.—If not; and if blushing be a sign of grace or modesty, have not the sex as great a command over their blushes, as they are said to have over their tears?
    • 1880, Henry James, Washington Square, Chapter 14,[16]
      Mrs. Montgomery brushed away her tears, and blushed at having shed them.
    • 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, figuratively) To be ashamed or embarrassed (to do something).
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, London: J. Tonson, Act IV, Scene 1, p. 53,[17]
      While Cato lives, Caesar will blush to see
      Mankind enslaved, and be ashamed of Empire.
    • 1849, Henry Bibb, Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave, New York: for the author, Chapter 6, p. 50,[18]
      He never blushed to rob a slave mother of her children, no matter how young or small.
    • 1908, Jack London, The Iron Heel, Chapter 17, footnote,[19]
      [] in this enlightened age, we have much to blush for in the acts of our ancestors.
  3. (intransitive) To become red.
  4. (transitive) To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make rosy.
  5. (transitive) To change skin color in the face (to a particular shade).
    When he saw it, he blushed a beet red.
    I wasn't surprised, but it was embarrassing enough that I blushed a little pink.
  6. (transitive) To express or make known by blushing.
    Looking at me with a knowing glare, she blushed her discomfort with the situation.
  7. (intransitive) To have a warm and delicate colour, like some roses and other flowers.
    The garden was full of blossoms that blushed in myriad shades to form a beautiful carpet of color.
  8. (intransitive, obsolete) To glance with the eye, cast a glance.
Derived termsEdit

See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Unknown; attested in the late 15th century.


blush (plural blushes)

  1. The collective noun for a group of boys.[1]
    A blush of boys.
    • 1962, Bette Davis, The Lonely Life: An Autobiography, New York: Putnam, Chapter 3, p. 46,[30]
      I took the Red Cross senior lifesaving test, the one girl in a blush of boys taking the course.
    • 2001, Jamie O’Neill, At Swim, Two Boys, London: Simon & Schuster UK, 2002, p. 322,[31]
      He had come with his own blush of boys. All afternoon they had shimmered upon the lawns.
Usage notesEdit

This is probably a fanciful expression and has never been in common use.


  1. ^ The 1986 Oxford Reference Dictionary, Appendix, cites The Book of St Albans, circa 1486, attributed to Juliana Berners, in which “a Blusshe of boyes” appears in an extensive list of collective nouns.[1]




Borrowed from English blush.



blush m (plural blushs)

  1. blush (makeup used to redden the cheeks)
    • 1999, Anna Gavalda, “The Opel Touch”, in Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part:
      C’est mon petit boulot, ma tune, mes clopes, mes expressos, mes virées nocturnes, ma lingerie fine, mon Guerlain, mes folies de blush, mes livres de poche, mon cinoche.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)



Unadapted borrowing from English blush.



blush m (uncountable)

  1. blush (makeup used to redden the cheeks)