Blush vs. Rouge - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Blush (noun)

    An act of blushing; a red glow on the face caused by shame, modesty, etc.

  • Blush (noun)

    A glow; a flush of colour, especially pink or red.

  • Blush (noun)

    Feeling or appearance of optimism.

  • Blush (noun)

    A sort of makeup, frequently a powder, used to redden the cheeks.

    "blusher|rouge"

  • Blush (noun)

    A color between pink and cream.

    "color panel|FAD1B1"

  • Blush (noun)

    A pale pink wine made by removing the dark grape skins at the required point during fermentation.

    "blush wine|rosé"

  • Blush (verb)

    To become red in the face (and sometimes experience an associated feeling of warmth), especially due to shyness, shame, excitement, or embarrassment.

    "go red"

    "The love scene made him blush to the roots of his hair / to the tips of his ears."

    "He wasn't used to this much attention, so he blushed as he saw dozens of pairs of eyes watching him."

  • Blush (verb)

    To be ashamed or embarrassed (to do something).

  • Blush (verb)

    To become red.

  • Blush (verb)

    To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make rosy.

  • Blush (verb)

    To change skin color in the face (to a particular shade).

    "When he saw it, he blushed a beet red."

    "I wasn't surprised, but it was embarrassing enough that I blushed a little pink."

  • Blush (verb)

    To express or make known by blushing.

    "Looking at me with a knowing glare, she blushed her discomfort with the situation."

  • Blush (verb)

    To have a warm and delicate colour, like some roses and other flowers.

    "The garden was full of blossoms that blushed in myriad shades to form a beautiful carpet of color."

  • Blush (verb)

    To glance with the eye, cast a glance.

  • Rouge (adjective)

    Of a reddish pink colour.

  • Rouge (noun)

    Red or pink makeup to add colour to the cheeks; blusher.

  • Rouge (noun)

    Any reddish pink colour.

  • Rouge (noun)

    A single point awarded when a team kicks the ball out of its opponent's end zone, or when a kicked ball becomes dead within the non-kicking team's end zone. Etymology uncertain; it is thought that in the early years of the sport, a red flag indicated that a single had been scored. (This scoring term is not often used in Canada, with the term single being more commonly used.)

  • Rouge (noun)

    In the Eton wall game, a scrummage, melée.

  • Rouge (noun)

    In the Eton College field game a five-point score awarded for kicking the ball so that it deflects off one of the opposing players and goes beyond the opposition's end of the pitch, and then touching the ball. Also, from 1862 to 1868, a similar scoring move in Sheffield rules football.

  • Rouge (noun)

    A red amorphous powder consisting of ferric oxide, used in polishing and as a cosmetic; crocus; jeweller's rouge.

  • Rouge (verb)

    To apply rouge (makeup).

    "She rouged her face before setting out for the party."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Blush (verb)

    show shyness, embarrassment, or shame by becoming red in the face

    "Kate felt herself blushing scarlet"

    "she blushed at the unexpected compliment"

  • Blush (verb)

    feel embarrassed or ashamed

    "he blushed to think of how he'd paraded himself"

  • Blush (verb)

    be or become pink or pale red

    "the trees are loaded with blushing blossoms"

  • Blush (noun)

    a reddening of the face as a sign of shyness, embarrassment, or shame

    "he had brought a faint blush to her cheeks"

  • Blush (noun)

    a pink or pale red tinge

    "the roses were white with a lovely pink blush"

  • Blush (noun)

    a wine with a slight pink tint made in the manner of white wine but from red grape varieties

    "blush Zinfandel"

  • Blush (noun)

    another term for blusher (sense 1)

  • Rouge (noun)

    a red powder or cream used as a cosmetic for colouring the cheeks or lips

    "she wore patches of rouge on her cheeks"

  • Rouge (noun)

    short for jeweller's rouge

  • Rouge (noun)

    (in Canadian football) a single point awarded when the receiving team fails to run a kick out of its own end zone.

  • Rouge (verb)

    colour with rouge

    "her brightly rouged cheeks"

  • Rouge (verb)

    apply rouge to one's cheeks

    "she rouged regularly now"

  • Rouge (adjective)

    (of wine) red.

Webster Dictionary

  • Blush (verb)

    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.

  • Blush (verb)

    To grow red; to have a red or rosy color.

  • Blush (verb)

    To have a warm and delicate color, as some roses and other flowers.

  • Blush

    To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate.

  • Blush

    To express or make known by blushing.

  • Blush (noun)

    A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a sense of shame, confusion, or modesty.

  • Blush (noun)

    A red or reddish color; a rosy tint.

  • Rouge (adjective)

    red.

  • Rouge (noun)

    A red amorphous powder consisting of ferric oxide. It is used in polishing glass, metal, or gems, and as a cosmetic, etc. Called also crocus, jeweler's rouge, etc.

  • Rouge (noun)

    A cosmetic used for giving a red color to the cheeks or lips. The best is prepared from the dried flowers of the safflower, but it is often made from carmine.

  • Rouge (verb)

    To paint the face or cheeks with rouge.

  • Rouge

    To tint with rouge; as, to rouge the face or the cheeks.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Blush (noun)

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

  • Blush (noun)

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

  • Blush (verb)

    turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame;

    "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"

  • Blush (verb)

    become rosy or reddish;

    "her cheeks blushed in the cold winter air"

  • Rouge (noun)

    makeup consisting of a pink or red powder applied to the cheeks

  • Rouge (verb)

    redden by applying rouge to;

    "she rouged her cheeks"

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