Thesaurus

embarrassing

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of embarrassing

(Entry 1 of 2)

causing embarrassment
  • an embarrassing failure of memory inauspiciously marked my first appearance as an actor

Synonyms for embarrassing

Words Related to embarrassing

Near Antonyms for embarrassing

embarrassing

verb
present participle of embarrass

Synonyms & Antonyms of embarrassing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to throw into a state of self-conscious distress
  • the modest young soldiers were embarrassed by the public praise for their heroism

Synonyms for embarrassing

Words Related to embarrassing

Near Antonyms for embarrassing

3 to make complex or difficult
  • claims that the new government regulations will needlessly embarrass the operations of small businesses in the state

Synonyms for embarrassing

Words Related to embarrassing

Near Antonyms for embarrassing

Antonyms for embarrassing

See the Dictionary Definition 

Learn More About embarrassing

Time Traveler for embarrassing

Time Traveler

The first known use of embarrassing was in 1778

See more words from the same year

Thesaurus Entries Near embarrassing

embarrasses

embarrassing

embarrassment

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Embarrassing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/embarrassing. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on embarrassing

Nglish: Translation of embarrassing for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of embarrassing for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!