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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Other Words from embarrassed

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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One of the leading advocates of this untested medical procedure was Cotton Mather, the Puritan preacher who had embarrassed... Mark Honigsbaum, WSJ, "The Founding Generation Also Had to Fight ‘Anti-Vaxxers’," 27 Apr. 2019 The Pacers were embarrassed for most of Wednesday night's game by the Atlanta Hawks, who led by 23 points in the third quarter. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers suffer another inexplicable loss," 28 Feb. 2018 Three hours later, an embarrassed and apologetic Jackman changed his handle and posted an explanation. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Ride with Wolverine? Hugh Jackman accidentally posts his Peloton screen name," 1 Mar. 2018 In fact, many European women are even embarrassed by shiny new bags. Tina Craig, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Shop for Vintage Bags," 5 Aug. 2015 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

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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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Spanish Central: Translation of embarrassed

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