em·​bar·​rassed | \ im-ˈber-əst How to pronounce embarrassed (audio) , -ˈba-rəst \

Definition of embarrassed

: feeling or showing a state of self-conscious confusion and distress I've never been so embarrassed in my life. was too embarrassed to ask for help an embarrassed smile

Other Words from embarrassed

embarrassedly \ im-​ˈber-​əst-​lē How to pronounce embarrassed (audio) , -​ə-​səd-​lē ; -​ˈba-​rəst-​lē , -​rə-​səd-​ \ adverb
smiling embarrassedly

Examples of embarrassed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three down Defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald: For the first time since Macdonald arrived in Ann Arbor and revitalized the defense, his unit was embarrassed by a single player. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 2 Nov. 2021 Paula wants to move home to Arkansas, but Steve’s too embarrassed. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 People who are on the receiving end of aggressive behavior, usually feel dominated, embarrassed, guilty, or shamed as a result of this type of behavior. Patricia Fersch, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Butler said during sentencing Friday that Gaudio was embarrassed, remorseful and that the federal case has been the hardest experience of his life. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 27 Aug. 2021 Many people were back on their heels — embarrassed, even horrified. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 30 July 2021 Supporters say the free dispensers will help girls and young women who are menstruating but can’t afford or don’t have reliable access to tampons and pads, and who may be embarrassed, distracted or skip school because of it. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, 1 July 2021 Exxon lobbyist is 'deeply embarrassed' In a LinkedIn post, McCoy apologized to his colleagues at Exxon and friends in Washington. Matt Egan, CNN, 1 July 2021 Strand, too embarrassed to even say his own name after attempting to sacrifice his friend in a bid for personal glory on the sub, met a man in a tower named Howard and told him his own name was… Morgan Jones. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of embarrassed

1756, in the meaning defined above

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“Embarrassed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embarrassed. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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