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American English: /əmˈbɛrəst/
British English: /ɪmˈbarəst/
, /ɛmˈbarəst/


  • 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 excluding Southern Cone)
    me da corte (Spain) [colloquial]
    to be embarrassed about -ingshe felt embarrassed about telling me
    le daba vergüenza contármelo [colloquial]
    le daba pena contármelo (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    le daba corte contármelo (Spain) [colloquial]
    to be embarrassed to + infinitiveI was embarrassed to ask any more questions
    me dio vergüenza or apuro seguir preguntando
    me dio no sé qué seguir preguntando [colloquial]
    me dio corte seguir preguntando (Spain) [colloquial]
    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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