abash

  • 1 Abash — A*bash ([.a]*b[a^]sh ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abashed} ([.a]*b[a^]sht ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Abashing}.] [OE. abaissen, abaisshen, abashen, OF. esbahir, F. [ e]bahir, to astonish, fr. L. ex + the interjection bah, expressing astonishment. In OE.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 abash — abash; abash·less; abash·ment; abash·less·ly; …

    English syllables

  • 3 abash — index browbeat, confound, confuse (bewilder), disconcert, disgrace, disorient, dissuade, embarrass …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 abash — (v.) perplex, embarrass, early 15c., earlier lose one s composure, be upset (late 14c.), from O.Fr. esbaiss , present stem of esbaer gape with astonishment, from es out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + ba(y)er to be open, gape, from L. *batare to yawn, gape …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 abash — discomfit, *embarrass, disconcert, faze, rattle Analogous words: fluster, flurry, *discompose, perturb, disturb, agitate: chagrin, mortify (see corresponding adjectives at ASHAMED): confound, dumbfound, nonplus (see PUZZLE) Antonyms: embolden:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 abash — [ə bash′] vt. [ME abaishen < OFr esbahir, to astonish < es , intens. (< L ex ) + stem of baer, to gape: see BAY2] to make embarrassed and ill at ease; make self conscious; disconcert SYN. EMBARRASS abashedly [ə bash′əd lē] adv. abashment …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 abash — [14] Abash shares a common ancestry with abeyance [16], although the latter underwent an about turn in meaning in the 17th century which disguises their relationship. They go back to a Latin verb batāre, meaning ‘yawn’ or ‘gape’. This was… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 8 abash — [14] Abash shares a common ancestry with abeyance [16], although the latter underwent an about turn in meaning in the 17th century which disguises their relationship. They go back to a Latin verb batāre, meaning ‘yawn’ or ‘gape’. This was… …

    Word origins

  • 9 abash — abashment, n. /euh bash /, v.t. to destroy the self confidence, poise, or self possession of; disconcert; make ashamed or embarrassed: to abash someone by sneering. [1275 1325; ME abaishen < dial. OF abacher, OF abaissier to put down, bring low… …

    Universalium

  • 10 abash — verb /əˈbæʃ/ To make ashamed; to embarrass; to destroy the self possession of; to confuse or confound, as by exciting suddenly a consciousness of guilt, mistake, or …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 abash — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English abaishen, from Anglo French abaiss , abair to astonish, alteration of esbair, from ex + baer to open wide, gape more at abeyance Date: 14th century to destroy the self possession or self confidence of ;… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 abash — Synonyms and related words: abase, appall, astound, bewilder, bother, bring down, bring low, cast down, chagrin, confound, confuse, crush, debase, degrade, demean, diminish, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, discountenance, dismay, disturb, dump …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 abash — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. humiliate, humble, shame; embarrass, disconcert; mortify, crush, take down a peg. See humility. Ant., hearten, rally. II (Roget s IV) v. embarrass, disconcert, rattle*; see embarrass 1 . See… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 abash — v. a. Alys. 224 …

    Oldest English Words

  • 15 abash — a·bash || É™ bæʃ v. disconcert, make someone feel ashamed, embarrass …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 16 abash — verb [usu. as adjective abashed] cause to feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed. Derivatives abashment noun Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr. abaiss ; cf. OFr. esbaiss , esbair, from es utterly + bair astound …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 abash — v. a. Shame, mortify, confuse, confound, disconcert, discompose, cow, humiliate, humble, snub, put to shame, make ashamed, put down, put out of countenance, take down, send away with a flea in one s ear. See discountenance …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 18 abash — v disconcert, discomfit, take aback, ruffle, discompose; embarrass, chagrin, discountenance, put out of countenance, shame, put to shame, make ashamed, humiliate, mortify, humble, put down, take down, disgrace, cause to lose face; nonplus,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 19 abash — a•bash [[t]əˈbæʃ[/t]] v. t. to destroy the self confidence of; disconcert; make ashamed • Etymology: 1275–1325; ME < dial. OF abacher, OF abaissier to put down, bring low (see abase) a•bash′ment, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 abash — /əˈbæʃ/ (say uh bash) verb (t) (usually passive) to destroy the self possession of; make ashamed or embarrassed: stand abashed; feel abashed. {Middle English abashe(n), from Anglo French abaïss , variant of Old French esbaïss , stem of erbaïr… …

    Australian English dictionary