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 On top of that, there are the numerous issues that emerged from last week’s embarrassing loss to Stanford. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 The Commodores came limping into town after suffering an embarrassing season-opening 23-3 loss to East Tennessee State that stretched their losing streak to 11. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Thousands of people chanted for Helton's firing last Saturday night at the Coliseum during USC's embarrassing loss to Stanford. Greg Beacham, ajc, 15 Sep. 2021 The Washington Huskies have tumbled out of the college football rankings following an embarrassing Week 1 loss. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2021 Now Powell has a chance to erase that memory Sunday in the United Bowl in Phoenix against the 13-3 Pirates, who gave the Rattlers their most embarrassing loss since entering the IFL early in the season. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 Just an onslaught by the Blue Jays that buried the Sox in what was ultimately an embarrassing 12-4 loss. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2021 The Rapids are another Western Conference contender that is coming off an embarrassing loss. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 Indiana went 34-38 before finishing the season with an embarrassing 142-115 loss to Washington in the play-in tournament -- a fitting end to an abysmal season. Arkansas Online, 10 June 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 25 Sep. 2021.

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