An example of embarass is when you tease someone in front of his friends about a mistake he has made.
The company was embarrassed and had to mortgage its properties.
The child embarrasses easily.
Meeting adults embarrassed the shy child.
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 Portuguese embaraçar, from em- (“in”) (from Latin im-) + baraça (“noose, rope”), or