Definition of embarrass in English:


Syllabification: em·bar·rass
Pronunciation: /ˌimˈberəs
, ˌemˈberəs


[with object]
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.
mortify, shame, put someone to shame, humiliate, abash, chagrin, make uncomfortable, make self-conscious;
discomfit, disconcert, discompose, upset, distress
informal show up, discombobulate
1.1 (be embarrassed) Be caused financial difficulties: he would be embarrassed by an inheritance tax
1.2 archaic Hamper or impede (a person, movement, or action): the state of the rivers will embarrass the enemy in a considerable degree
1.3 archaic Make difficult or intricate; complicate.


early 17th century (in the sense 'hamper, impede'): from French embarrasser, from Spanish embarazar, probably from Portuguese embaraçar (from baraço 'halter').

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