Definition of embarrassed in English:



  • 1Feeling or showing embarrassment.

    ‘I felt quite embarrassed whenever I talked to her’
    ‘an embarrassed silence’
    • ‘We are all embarrassed and ashamed by the actions of a very small number of leaders and a very small number of soldiers.’
    • ‘I was embarrassed and felt awkward and unwanted.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Transportation suspended my license and I was extremely embarrassed and humiliated.’
    • ‘I was strong on the outside, but inside I was embarrassed, ashamed, and weeping.’
    • ‘She was very embarrassed and extremely upset by this.’
    • ‘After an embarrassed silence, he added: ‘Granted, we didn't make much of a song and dance about that at the time.’’
    • ‘Are they going to maintain an embarrassed silence?’
    • ‘It was used only by his closest friends who knew that whenever he was embarrassed or nervous, he would blush deeply and get a red nose.’
    • ‘Maybe she was embarrassed and humiliated, but she didn't show it - she dealt with the situation with quiet calm, as if she'd been through it a hundred times before.’
    • ‘He was embarrassed and even ashamed of his indiscretion, but then he realized that there was no way he could have been heard above the roar of the boisterous crowd.’
    • ‘We don't complain because we are embarrassed, bewildered and shocked, too ashamed to do or say anything.’
    • ‘Now he has wed in secret again and, to judge by newspaper reports, his parents are embarrassed and nonplussed.’
    • ‘He backed up and I knew he was embarrassed for that public display of affection so once again I came to his rescue.’
    • ‘There were very severe financial problems during that period and she became embarrassed that she could not afford to pay for school dinners and trips.’
    • ‘According to our source, there was silence and a few embarrassed glances.’
    • ‘The majority of victims are embarrassed, even ashamed.’
    • ‘Alex was no prude, but he became acutely embarrassed by the situation.’
    • ‘He was embarrassed to be here, and ashamed of his greed, he just hid it better than me.’
    • ‘I'm embarrassed and humiliated to think that I actually live in a place where this sort of thing seems to be acceptable, and where some will invoke race to excuse it.’
    • ‘He's embarrassed to be receiving public assistance.’
    awkward, self-conscious, uneasy, uncomfortable, unsettled, sheepish, red-faced, blushing, shy
    shamed, ashamed, shamefaced, humiliated, humbled, demeaned, abashed
    mortified, horrified, appalled, crushed
    upset, disconcerted, discomfited, discomposed, confused, flustered, agitated, nonplussed, discountenanced, distressed, chastened, chagrined
    discredited, dishonoured
    with egg on one's face, wishing the earth would swallow one up
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    1. 1.1Having or showing financial difficulties.
      ‘he had to sort out the embarrassed financial affairs of his brother’
      • ‘Although financially embarrassed owners prove inhumane, the text describes another type of master who is even more dangerous.’
      • ‘Financially embarrassed football club Leeds United still managed to help make three men among the highest earners in Yorkshire over the past 12 months.’
      • ‘Financially embarrassed Lazio need cash this summer to ease a growing crisis.’
      • ‘Handel himself was not financially embarrassed, nor did his reputation suffer.’