embarrass[em bar′əs, im-]
- To embarass is defined as to make someone feel self-conscious or make someone feel badly about himself.
An example of embarass is when you tease someone in front of his friends about a mistake he has made.
Something has embarrassed this woman.
- to cause to feel self-conscious, confused, and ill at ease; disconcert; fluster
- to cause difficulties to; hinder; impede
- to cause to be in debt; cause financial difficulties to
- to make more difficult; complicate
Origin of embarrassFrench embarrasser, literally , to encumber, obstruct ; from Spanish embarazar ; from Italian imbarrazzare ; from imbarrare, to bar, impede ; from in- (L in-) + Medieval Latin barra, bar
transitive verbem·bar·rassed, em·bar·rass·ing, em·bar·rass·es
- To cause to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; disconcert: Meeting adults embarrassed the shy child.
- To hinder with obstacles or difficulties; impede: “an ambitious raid meant to embarrass his supply line by burning the bridges” (William Marvel).
- Archaic To involve in or hamper with financial difficulties: The company was embarrassed and had to mortgage its properties.
Origin of embarrassFrench embarrasser, to encumber, hamper, from Spanish embarazar, from Italian imbarazzare, from imbarazzo, obstacle, obstruction, from imbarrare, to block, bar : in-, in (from Latin; see en–1) + barra, bar (from Vulgar Latin *barra).
(third-person singular simple present embarrasses, present participle embarrassing, simple past and past participle embarrassed)
- to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely; to disconcert; to abash
- The crowd's laughter and jeers embarrassed him.
- To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct.
- Business is embarrassed; public affairs are embarrassed.
- To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to encumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands.
- A man or his business is embarrassed when he can not meet his pecuniary engagements.