Simple Definition of embarrass
: to make (someone) feel confused and foolish in front of other people
: to make (a person, group, government, etc.) look foolish in public
Full Definition of embarrass
3 : to make intricate : complicate
4 : to impair the activity of (a bodily function) or the function of (a bodily part) <digestion embarrassed by overeating>
: to become anxiously self-conscious <he embarrasses easily>
Examples of embarrass
Every block billboard, bus stop, or phone booth has his bigger-than-life puss plastered on it, hyping his new movie Me, Myself & Irene. “Look at me. God, I'm everywhere!” [Jim] Carrey actually seems slightly weirded out and embarrassed by his omnipresence. —Josh Wolk, Entertainment Weekly, 23 June 2000
They started holding me and kicking me and triple-teaming me. They'd do anything so I wouldn't dunk on 'em. It was so embarrassing for them. —Shaquille O'Neal, Rolling Stone, 25, Nov. 1993
Unexpected laughter embarrassed the speaker.
She's worried about embarrassing herself in front of such a large audience.
I would never do anything to embarrass my family.
The protest was staged as a deliberate attempt to embarrass the government.
Origin of embarrass
French embarrasser, from Spanish embarazar, from Portuguese embaraçar, from em- (from Latin in-) + baraça noose
First Known Use: 1672
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Medical Definition of embarrass
: to impair the activity of (a bodily function) or the function of (a bodily part) <digestion embarrassed by overeating>
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