bashfulness

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bashful +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

bashfulness (uncountable)

  1. The quality or property of being bashful; shyness; reserve; timidity.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure Part 3
      I, smiling in his face, took the letter, and immediately catching gently hold of his shirt sleeve, drew him towards me, blushing, and almost trembling; for surely his extreme bashfulness, and utter inexperience, call'd for, at least, all the advances to encourage him

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