- to cause confusion and shame to; make uncomfortably self-conscious; disconcert; abash: His bad table manners embarrassed her.
- to make difficult or intricate, as a question or problem; complicate.
- to put obstacles or difficulties in the way of; impede: The motion was advanced in order to embarrass the progress of the bill.
- to beset with financial difficulties; burden with debt: The decline in sales embarrassed the company.
- to become disconcerted, abashed, or confused.
Origin of embarrass
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Examples from the Web for embarrassed
I actually downloaded the app last summer and was embarrassed because none of my friends seemed to use it.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
I was so embarrassed my face reddened but Lee kept it right up.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
But outsiders, generally, are embarrassed or appalled, and so are a growing number of locals.Dutch Try to Save Santa’s Slave
Nadette De Visser
December 2, 2014
In particular, a video of an apparently inebriated Morgan has embarrassed supporters of the referendum.Ganja Vs. Geezers in the Sunshine State
November 3, 2014
It was a moment I instantly detected in my own recent past, and I shuddered with embarrassed recognition.Time to Grow Up, Lena Dunham
October 10, 2014
He would not have been embarrassed if they had been the Forty Thieves.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
No nation has ever before been embarrassed from too large a surplus in its treasury.
"Well, I'll tell you," said Andrew, and he smiled in an embarrassed manner.Way of the Lawless
However, he was not embarrassed; it took a great deal to embarrass him.
If you think they were embarrassed to the degree that they could not eat, you are mistaken.
- (also intr) to feel or cause to feel confusion or self-consciousness; disconcert; fluster
- (usually passive) to involve in financial difficulties
- archaic to make difficult; complicate
- archaic to impede; obstruct; hamper
Word Origin and History for embarrassed
"perplexed, confused," 1680s, past participle adjective from embarrass.
1670s, "perplex, throw into doubt," from French embarrasser (16c.), literally "to block," from embarras "obstacle," from Italian imbarrazzo, from imbarrare "to bar," from in- "into, upon" (see in- (2)) + Vulgar Latin *barra "bar."
Meaning "hamper, hinder" is from 1680s. Meaning "make (someone) feel awkward" first recorded 1828. Original sense preserved in embarras de richesse (1751), from French (1726): the condition of having more wealth than one knows what to do with. Related: Embarrassed; embarrassing; embarrassingly.