Blush Blush (bl[u^]sh) v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Blushed} (bl[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Blushing}.] [OE. bluschen to shine, look, turn red, AS. blyscan to glow; akin to blysa a torch, [=a]bl[=y]sian to blush, D. blozen, Dan. blusse to blaze, blush.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

To the nuptial bower I led her blushing like the morn. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

In the presence of the shameless and unblushing, the young offender is ashamed to blush. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]

He would stroke The head of modest and ingenuous worth, That blushed at its own praise. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. To grow red; to have a red or rosy color. [1913 Webster]

The sun of heaven, methought, was loth to set, But stayed, and made the western welkin blush. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To have a warm and delicate color, as some roses and other flowers. [1913 Webster]

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen. --T. Gray. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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