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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv bashfully in a shy or timid or bashful manner "he smiled shyly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 7 Dwarfs are Happy, Grumpy, Dopey (the beardless one), Doc, Bashful, Sneezy, Sleepy. They were miners.
    • adv Bashfully In a bashful manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bashfully Without self-possession; with misgivings.
    • bashfully In a bashful, modest, or shy manner.
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  • Joseph Addison
    “Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.”
  • Aristotle
    “Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.”
  • Proverb
    “Poverty has no greater foe than bashfulness.”
  • Charles Horton Cooley
    “The bashful are always aggressive at heart.”


Have a bash - If you have a bash at something, you try to do it, especially when there isn't much chance of success.


In literature:

Very early the following day they left for Manila in his carriage, committing to the bashful Linares the office of avenger.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
I am, as Thou knowest, the most timid and bashful disciple ever saved by grace.
"Catherine Booth" by Mildred Duff
Mrs. Ashleigh timidly approached me, and again the furtive hand bashfully insinuated the hateful fee.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But timidity returned to her with his words, at his look; and it was no longer the inspired muse, but the bashful girl that stood before him.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Occasionally a bullet would crack overhead, and a machine gun would kick up the mud on the bashed-in parapet.
"Over The Top" by Arthur Guy Empey
I dare not, said the ass; I am bashful.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
But, I fancy, it is many, many years ago since he was bashful.
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
She is displeased with him for his affectedly-bashful hints of matrimony.
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
This kid was sort of a bashful kind, they say.
"Way of the Lawless" by Max Brand
She entered with bashfulness, as I thought; in a pretty confusion, for having carried her apprehensions too far.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
And he was awful bashful and scared, but anyway, he was proud, I could see that.
"Roy Blakeley" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The one held back, but Bash sprang, and she met him in mid-air with the flaming weapon.
"Children of the Frost" by Jack London
The day is bashfully promised me.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
They soon got over their bashfulness, and asked the name of everything they saw, which Jeannette was always ready to tell them.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Take care of your bronkitis said Mr S. rarther bashfully and he hastilly left the room waving his hand carelessly to the housemaid.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
Boldness conquered where bashfulness would have failed.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
Calico back, and stony rock, Arlum, barlum, bash!
"Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories" by Robert Ford
James Trottingham Minton was not a whit bashful when with men.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IX (of X)" by Various
I walked up to it, bashed it firmly on the noggin, and it died.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Brown made a seat of his boot-heels and surveyed her, being much too bashful to open up a conversation.
"An Australian Lassie" by Lilian Turner

In poetry:

At fourteen I married My Lord you.
I never laughed, being bashful.
Lowering my head, I looked at the wall.
Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back.
"The River-Merchant's Wife" by Ezra Pound
And as she paused — I know not why —
I longed to speak, yet could not speak;
The bashful are the boldest — I —
I stooped and gently kissed her cheek.
"A Year's Courtship" by Henry Timrod
By his glimmering lamp discerns he now
How, in veil and garment white array'd,
With a black and gold band round her brow,
Glides into the room a bashful maid.
"The Bride Of Corinth" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As a lad aw'd been bashful an shy,
An aw blushed if a woman went by,
But this day bi gooid luck,
Aw felt chock full o' pluck,
Soa to leet on aw sattled to try.
"Horton Tide" by John Hartley
Let me the Prayer of our Lord then hear, (If in thy mem'ry thou dost it retain)
Repeat it without bashfulness or fear,
Or thou must stay to con it over again.
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
Her lips will not have any kiss;
They draw away, they flash a smile,—
Half bashfulness, half scorn it is,
A silent ripple…. All the while
She meditates some charming wile.
"Aoede" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

Bring your wildest hats — and dress up Halloween style — for the Mad Hatter 's Halloween Bash at Wild West City on Saturday, Oct 27.
For the Mad Hatter 's Halloween Bash at Wild West City.
Perez Hilton's Mad Hatter -Themed Birthday Bash.
While the Project Runway host, 38, is famous for her annual Halloween bash, Kardashian, 31, is also known for going all out with her thematic ensembles.
Whether you're throwing a V-Day bash or just want to get crafty with your besties, we've got the perfect DIY project for you—just in time for the love holiday.
Birthday Bash slated for Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area.
Thinking Outside the Taco Bell-Bashing.
US Sen Saxby Chambliss' office has determined it was indeed the source of a highly publicized homosexual -bashing slur on an Internet site.
Groups bash Romney's hospital-care remark.
Over the course of the show, the once bashful 18-year-old has found not only his voice, but his confidence.
Huntington's disease bash rocks the house.
This past Monday Scholastic launched a year-long birthday bash with a variety of promotional activities under the "I Spy a Celebration" banner.
'Franklin & Bash' review: Iconoclastic lawyers.
Newspaperman Arthur Kasherman bashed crooked public officials and gangsters in words "saturated with cyanide".
The Big Barbecue Bash was a big fund-raiser for area charities, but also a " mud bath " after Friday rains gathered in one section of the site.

In science:

Consequently, in order to bound the averaging time Tave (n, ǫ), we use in step (3) a rejection sampling scheme previously proposed by Bash et al. in order to “temper ” the distribution.
Geographic Gossip: Efficient Averaging for Sensor Networks
With this choice of τ, the results of Bash et al. ensure that no sensor is sampled with probability greater than (1 + µ)/n and no more than ν n sensors are sampled with probability less than 1/n.
Geographic Gossip: Efficient Averaging for Sensor Networks
You can use Scala as a replacement for console scripting languages (Batch under windows, Bash/Perl under Linux/Cygwin). The Scala package contains – like Ruby and Python do – its own console to test code snippets and more.
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report
In a series of papers (notably [ChaPi], see also e.g. [Kik], [KuMac], [BaShe]) conditions are given for T0 to have a model companion Tmc, describing the best case scenario where the e.c. models of T0 are an elementary class.
Generic expansions of countable models
It is considerably more difficult than in Example 2.5 to find a condition which guarantees the existence of a model companion of T0 [BaShe].
Generic expansions of countable models
Physicists hope to see convincing evidence emerge from the Large Hadron Collider which is bashing protons at near the speed of light.
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
Common notions of an interpretation of a theory T1 in a theory T2 demand that every model of T1 is interpretable in a model of T2 (as in [BaSh]) or that inside every model of T2 there is a definable model of T1 (see [TMR]).
Random graphs in the monadic theory of order
Bash Symp. 2007: New Horizons in Astronomy, (eds.) A.
Galactic Bars in Cosmological Context
We would like to thank Artie Hatzes and Chris Sneden for many useful discussions and Rob Robinson and Frank Bash for making the time critical observations at HET possible.
Searching for Planets in the Hyades III: The Quest for Short-Period Planets
Baldwin informed us that he and Shelah have a work in progress for class which is not ℵ1 -tame they obtain this with groups and short exact sequences, by essentially coding the functor Ext(G, Z) and using an ℵ1 -free group of cardinality ℵ1 which is not free and not Whitehead (see [BaSh]).
Galois-stability for Tame Abstract Elementary Classes
We don’t, for example, want to make the childish blunder of bashing a square peg into a round hole.
Weak Values and Relational Generalisations
Therefore this package does not need any higher level operating environment than a standard UNIX shell, however, processing the related data might require a little more knowledge of the used shell itself (the documentation and available examples use the bash shell5 ).
FITSH -- a software package for image processing
Blue solid line : atmospheric background flux, red bashed line : DM only flux, red solid line : atmospheric+DM flux.
Searching for the High Energy Neutrino counterpart of the Fermi Bubbles signal or from Dark Matter annihilation
Blue solid line : atmospheric background flux, red bashed and green dotted lines : DM only flux, red solid and green dashed-dotted lines : atmospheric+DM flux.
Searching for the High Energy Neutrino counterpart of the Fermi Bubbles signal or from Dark Matter annihilation
Blue solid line : atmospheric background flux, red bashed lines : flux from Bubbles, red solid lines : atmospheric+Bubbles flux.
Searching for the High Energy Neutrino counterpart of the Fermi Bubbles signal or from Dark Matter annihilation