When you blush, you turn red because you are embarrassed. And, oddly enough, women wear the make-up variety of blush to add color to their cheeks — not to appear embarrassed but to appear attractive.

Women use a type of makeup called blush to add redness to their cheeks. That can help you remember the other meanings of this word, which all relate to redness or rosiness. When you have a blush — or are blushing — your face gets red. People blush when they’re embarrassed. Having a crush can cause blushing; so can getting caught stealing something. Blushing is caused by blood rushing to the head: thus, the color red.

Definitions of blush

v become rosy or reddish

“her cheeks blushed in the cold winter air”
Type of:
turn red or redder

v turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame

“The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by”
crimson, flush, redden
Type of:
color, colour, discolor, discolour
change color, often in an undesired manner

n a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health

bloom, flush, rosiness
Type of:
good health, healthiness
the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease

n sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)

Type of:
inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

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