verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of embarrass
Synonyms for embarrass
Related Words for embarrassesannoy, disturb, perplex, bewilder, perturb, faze, confuse, puzzle, upset, distract, shame, rattle, irk, plague, agitate, mortify, fluster, stun, bother, disconcert
Examples from the Web for embarrasses
Historical Examples of embarrasses
"Girls, if you only knew how terribly this embarrasses me," pleaded Grace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
But, don't talk any more just now in that way, because it embarrasses me.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
It embarrasses her in school, in spite of her teaching only girls in a private institution.Psychotherapy
Our adversaries have adopted a system of tactics, which embarrasses us not a little.Sophisms of the Protectionists
He embarrasses us, as sleeker individuals of the herd and hive.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for embarrass
1660s, from French embarras "obstacle;" see 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.