abawed

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps past participle of a verb from Old French abaubir (to frighten, disconcert), from Latin ad- + balbus (stammering).

Adjective[edit]

abawed

  1. astonished, abashed
    • circa 1440, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Romaunt of the Rose:
      I was abawed for marveyle, / For ever the fayrer that it was, / The more I am bounded in Loves laas.