Definition of embarrassing in English:



  • Causing embarrassment.

    ‘an embarrassing muddle’
    • ‘Excuse me now whilst I cringe at the embarrassing display of confused angst that made an appearance in my last post…’
    • ‘I imagine it is very embarrassing for them to be found out for being so secretive.’
    • ‘And discovery in the case could still prove very embarrassing for him, as well as hurtful to his wife and children.’
    • ‘It was becoming increasingly embarrassing for Cork at this stage and a total collapse was on the cards.’
    • ‘That was very embarrassing for Dr Cullen, because he knows that in actual fact we are going backwards.’
    • ‘When younger, it occurred to me that giving him a nickname like ‘dribble boy’ would make it sound like he had an embarrassing personal problem.’
    • ‘And were they to say no, it could all prove very embarrassing for Tony.’
    • ‘That was extremely embarrassing for someone who does cognitive science and linguistics.’
    • ‘It is also embarrassing for a team of our stature to go home without a victory.’
    • ‘I'm a young, shy, gay male with a very embarrassing problem.’
    • ‘It would be very embarrassing for him to admit it to me.’
    • ‘The scoreline itself tells the full story of an embarrassing and humiliating defeat for Waterford footballers in Ballinascreen.’
    • ‘I mean, to begin with, he works in a pharmacy, which means he has to deal with other people's very embarrassing personal problems on a daily basis.’
    • ‘It's always slightly embarrassing for anyone to talk about the meaning of life, especially if you're a philosopher.’
    • ‘Are cheap ‘value’ products packaged in order to make it embarrassing for people who aren't ‘wacky students’ to buy them?’
    • ‘Is the topic potentially embarrassing or uncomfortable?’
    • ‘It would have been far too embarrassing for my father to allow the truth into the history.’
    • ‘Not only is this an embarrassing problem for you but it is also a potentially dangerous one.’
    • ‘It would be very embarrassing for them to wash my clothes.’
    • ‘He sometimes wet the bed too, which was kind of embarrassing for a twelve-year old.’
    awkward, uncomfortable, difficult, tricky, delicate, sensitive, problematic, troublesome, thorny, knotty, vexatious, ticklish
    shaming, shameful, humiliating, mortifying, demeaning, degrading, ignominious
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