Embarrass Definition

ĕm-bărəs
embarrassed, embarrasses, embarrassing
verb
embarrassed, embarrasses, embarrassing
To become flustered, self-conscious, etc.
The child embarrasses easily.
Webster's New World
To cause to feel self-conscious, confused, and ill at ease; disconcert; fluster.
Webster's New World
To cause difficulties to; hinder; impede.
Webster's New World
To cause to be in debt; cause financial difficulties to.
Webster's New World
To make more difficult; complicate.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Embarrass

  • French embarrasser to encumber, hamper from Spanish embarazar from Italian imbarazzare from imbarazzo obstacle, obstruction from imbarrare to block, bar in- in (from Latin en–1) barra bar (from Vulgar Latin barra)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • from Italian imbarazzare, from imbarazzo (“obstacle, obstruction”), from imbarrare (“to block, bar”), from im- (“in”) + barra (“bar”), from Vulgar Latin barra, of unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary

  • from Portuguese embaraçar, from em- (“in”) (from Latin im-) + baraça (“noose, rope”), or

    From Wiktionary

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