(comparative more embarrassingly, superlative most embarrassingly)
- In an embarrassing manner.
- He stumbled embarrassingly about the dance floor.
- To the point of embarrassment; to an extreme or bewildering degree.
- He soon became not merely tipsy, but embarrassingly drunk.
- He was presented with an embarrassingly long list of options.
- Causing embarrassment.
- Embarrassingly to me, my companion soon got drunk.
embarrassing + -ly
Variant of embarrass
- 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