Meaning of “embarrassing” in the English Dictionary

"embarrassing" in British English

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uk /ɪmˈbær.ə.sɪŋ/ us /ɪmˈber.ə.sɪŋ/

B1 making you feel embarrassed:

an embarrassing situation
[ + to infinitive ] It's embarrassing to be caught telling a lie.
My most embarrassing moment was trying to introduce a woman whose name I couldn't remember.

More examples

  • I found the whole situation excruciatingly embarrassing.
  • It was embarrassing how few people attended the party.
  • She was so apologetic about forgetting my birthday it was almost embarrassing.
  • Another scandal would be acutely embarrassing for the government.
  • They gave us such an effusive welcome it was quite embarrassing.
adverb uk /ɪmˈbær.ə.sɪŋ.li/ us /ɪmˈber.ə.sɪŋ.li/

an embarrassingly poor performance/loud voice

(Definition of “embarrassing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)