1Cause (someone) to feel awkward, self-conscious, or ashamed: she wouldn’t embarrass either of them by making a scene
More example sentences
- Okay, for those of my readers who have children, how often have your kids embarrassed you in public?
- Regardless of the age of the husband, the relatives give themselves the right to discipline him, scold, restrain, monitor, and embarrass him in public.
- The message is clear: there will be no room for players who break the rules and embarrass the team in public.
shame, humiliate, make ashamed, demean, abash; mortify, horrify, appal, crush; make uncomfortable, make awkward, make self-conscious, make uneasy; upset, disconcert, discomfit, discompose, confuse, fluster, agitate, nonplus, discountenance, distress, chagrin; discredit, dishonour
US informal own
early 17th century (in sense 2): from French embarrasser, from Spanish embarazar, probably from Portuguese embaraçar (from baraço 'halter').