Definition of embarrassing in English:

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embarrassing

Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbarəsɪŋ/
/ɛmˈbarəsɪŋ/

adjective

Causing embarrassment: an embarrassing muddle
More example sentences
  • And were they to say no, it could all prove very embarrassing for Tony.
  • It was becoming increasingly embarrassing for Cork at this stage and a total collapse was on the cards.
  • I imagine it is very embarrassing for them to be found out for being so secretive.
Synonyms
shaming, shameful, humiliating, mortifying, demeaning, degrading, ignominious;
upsetting, disconcerting, discomfiting, discomposing, confusing, flustering, agitating, discountenancing, distressing;
discreditable, dishonouring, disgraceful
informal blush-making
awkward, uncomfortable, difficult, tricky, delicate, sensitive, problematic, troublesome, thorny, knotty, vexatious, ticklish;
compromising, humiliating
informal sticky, dicey, hairy, cringeworthy, cringe-making
British informal dodgy

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