embarrassing

adjective
em·​bar·​rass·​ing | \ im-ˈber-ə-siŋ How to pronounce embarrassing (audio) , -ˈba-rə- \

Definition of embarrassing

: causing a feeling of self-conscious confusion and distress : causing embarrassment an embarrassing error The official was ever so polite, and ever so sorry, but the rule was strict, and he could not let us in. It was very embarrassing, for many eyes were on us.— Mark Twain

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Other Words from embarrassing

embarrassingly \ im-​ˈber-​ə-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce embarrassing (audio) , -​ˈba-​rə-​ \ adverb
an embarrassingly messy house

Examples of embarrassing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the spring of 2019, the Hawks had a program-best 13-2 record, but lost their New England Collegiate Conference championship game in embarrassing fashion to New England College, 18-6. BostonGlobe.com, "Becker College is closing, but its women’s lacrosse team is in its first NCAA Tournament," 6 May 2021 In the Silicon Valley last month, an insurance adjuster provided the court an embarrassing hot mic moment. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Hot mic in courtroom captures insurance adjuster calling judge an idiot," 5 May 2021 This messy, embarrassing result, which will satisfy few across the political spectrum, must come as a shock to Facebook. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Even Facebook’s Handpicked “Supreme Court” Thinks Its Policies Are a Joke," 5 May 2021 The trial has moved into the witness phase, with embarrassing testimony accusing him of trading favors with a powerful media mogul. Josef Federman, Anchorage Daily News, "Israeli opposition leader gets opportunity to form new government," 5 May 2021 The trial has moved into the witness phase, with embarrassing testimony accusing him of trading favors with a powerful media mogul. NBC News, "Israel's Netanyahu misses deadline to form a new government," 5 May 2021 The trial has moved into the witness phase, with embarrassing testimony accusing him of trading favors with a powerful media mogul. Josef Federman, chicagotribune.com, "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form government by deadline, putting his political future in question," 4 May 2021 Another feature of video meetings with special challenges for introverts: those embarrassing moments when children, pets or roommates wander through the background. Aili Mcconnon, WSJ, "Zoom Fatigue: The Differing Impact on Introverts and Extroverts," 9 Mar. 2021 What to say about any embarrassing financial details that emerged? Ron Lieber, New York Times, "Dad, a Death Sentence and the Planner Who Set Us Straight," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of embarrassing

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Embarrassing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embarrassing. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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