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

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

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Beyond that, everyone gets embarrassed and lives to talk about it. refinery29.com, "13 Women Tell Their Period Stories — The Funniest, The Worst, & The Most Nightmarish," 11 June 2018 Or the guy could not perform, got embarrassed – and left! John Timpane, Philly.com, "Freda Payne channels Ella Fitzgerald in 'Ella: First Lady of Song' at Delaware Theatre Company," 12 Apr. 2018 In fact, in the study, the people who were the least likely to get embarrassed and who read the observer’s version actually became more likely to buy the product, a finding that surprised Jiang. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "How to Deal With an Embarrassing Situation, According to Science," 29 Mar. 2018 No school, athletic department or individual wants to get embarrassed in a high-profile hiring process. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Is Chris Mack set to choose between Xavier, Louisville?," 26 Mar. 2018 Felix, who is always depicted naked, is a self-portrait—Kentridge was too embarrassed to use a model. Julie Belcove, WSJ, "William Kentridge Tackles the History of Apartheid and Colonialism in His Latest Production," 4 Dec. 2018 Total losses for 2017 alone stand at $117 million—a number the agency says is almost certainly drastically low, since many victims are too embarrassed to report the crime. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Sweepstakes and Lottery Scams Cost Americans $117 Million Last Year," 6 June 2018 There is no reason to feel embarrassed about wanting to explore butt stuff. Gigi Engle, SELF, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Anal Beads," 19 Dec. 2018 When subsequent deficit numbers came in, nobody was surprised or embarrassed. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The controversy over Bernie Sanders’s proposed Stop BEZOS Act, explained," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of embarrassed

1756, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of embarrassed was in 1756

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