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 embarrassingly (audio) , -​ˈba-​rə-​ \ adverb
an embarrassingly messy house

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When the day began, Mark Richt was Miami’s football coach, though the Hurricanes were still reeling from an embarrassing 35-3 loss to Wisconsin less than 48 hours earlier. Christy Cabrera Chirinos, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricanes AD Blake James has experienced plenty of highs and lows — but nothing like the ‘whirlwind’ of hiring Manny Diaz," 5 June 2019 In 1888, Brazil became the last country in the West to abolish slavery, an embarrassing world record few of us are ready to talk about. Stephanie Foden, National Geographic, "This Brazilian region is an African treasure on the other side of the Atlantic," 18 Mar. 2019 Here's an embarrassing video of me from the show https://t.co/3CtVzmKj55 — Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) May 22, 2019 Surprised to see that Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is finally being cancelled, after 17 years of syndication. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Has Been Cancelled After 20 Years," 25 May 2019 That embarrassing freebie is mostly gone, but Mini has just introduced a discounted option package for college students that 9-to-5 adults can't buy. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Only Current Students, Recent Grads, and U.S. Military Can Buy This Mini," 14 May 2019 In her book Kate: The Future Queen, royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl, spoke to a friend of Kate's from the time who spilled the quasi-embarrassing details about the Duchess' first big heartbreak and hangup. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Pined for Her Ex, Harry Blakelock, Before She Met Prince William," 4 May 2019 But instead of acknowledging his mistake, Giuliani concocted an evidence-free conspiracy theory to explain the embarrassing episode. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Trump’s social media conspiracy theory, briefly debunked," 18 Dec. 2018 The announcement came as Salazar, who is hoping to join a wave of challengers toppling establishment Democrats, has faced scrutiny over embarrassing episodes in her past and intense criticism for misrepresenting elements of her biography. Karen Matthews, The Seattle Times, "NY candidate: Netanyahu spokesman sexually assaulted me," 11 Sep. 2018 The ultimate goal is to get a hold of compromising or embarrassing information that can be used as a bargaining chip or to discredit an individual’s character or motives. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of embarrassing

1778, in the meaning defined above

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