Definition of embarrassing in US English:

embarrassing

adjective

  • Causing embarrassment.

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

embarrassing

/əmˈberəsiNG//əmˈbɛrəsɪŋ/