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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbærəst/

Translation of embarrassed in Spanish:


  • an embarrassed silence un silencio violento or embarazoso he gave an embarrassed cough soltó una tosecilla nerviosa I'm embarrassed me da vergüenza, me da pena (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) , me da corte (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar]to be embarrassed about -ing she felt embarrassed about telling me le daba vergüenza or (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) pena or (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] corte contármelo [colloquial/familiar]to be embarrassed to + infinitive/infinitivo I was embarrassed to ask any more questions me dio vergüenza or apuro seguir preguntando, me dio no sé qué or (in Spain also/en España también) me dio corte seguir preguntando [colloquial/familiar] to be financially embarrassed estar* pasando por un mal momento económico, tener* dificultades económicas
    Example sentences
    • It was used only by his closest friends who knew that whenever he was embarrassed or nervous, he would blush deeply and get a red nose.
    • After an embarrassed silence, he added: ‘Granted, we didn't make much of a song and dance about that at the time.’
    • Are they going to maintain an embarrassed silence?

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