verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- embarras de richesses,
- embarrassment of riches,
Origin of embarrass
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.
I was so embarrassed my face reddened but Lee kept it right up.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But outsiders, generally, are embarrassed or appalled, and so are a growing number of locals.
In particular, a video of an apparently inebriated Morgan has embarrassed supporters of the referendum.
It was a moment I instantly detected in my own recent past, and I shuddered with embarrassed recognition.
All he got was a few looks of embarrassed concern from his immediate neighbours.
A vivid blush suffused her face, which appeared all the prettier to him in its embarrassed shyness.Simon Eichelkatz; The Patriarch|Ulrich Frank
And he had a crooked, embarrassed smile that was a delight to see.IT and Other Stories|Gouverneur Morris
With a quick flush of pleased surprise, Deborah gave her father a look that embarrassed him tremendously.His Family|Ernest Poole
She saw her girls' disappointed, embarrassed faces and their cousin's worn one.The Ranch Girls at Rainbow Lodge|Margaret Vandercook
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for embarrass
"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.