Crossword clues for embarrass
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Embarrass \Em*bar"rass\ ([e^]m*b[a^]r"ras), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embarrassed ([e^]m*b[a^]r"rast); p. pr. & vb. n. Embarrassing.] [F. embarrasser (cf. Sp. embarazar, Pg. embara[,c]ar, Pr. barras bar); pref. em- (L. in) + LL. barra bar. See Bar.]
To hinder from freedom of thought, speech, or action by something which impedes or confuses mental action; to make (a person) unpleasantly self-conscious; to perplex; to discompose; to disconcert; as, laughter may embarrass an orator. [WordNet sense 1]
Syn: abash, discompose, disconcert, discomfit, chagrin. [1913 Webster +PJC]
To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct; as, business is embarrassed; public affairs are embarrassed. [WordNet sense 2]
Syn: obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie. [1913 Webster]
(Com.) To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to incumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands; -- said of a person or his affairs; as, a man or his business is embarrassed when he can not meet his pecuniary engagements.
Syn: To hinder; perplex; entangle; confuse; puzzle; disconcert; abash; distress. -- To Embarrass, Puzzle, Perplex. We are puzzled when our faculties are confused by something we do not understand. We are perplexed when our feelings, as well as judgment, are so affected that we know not how to decide or act. We are embarrassed when there is some bar or hindrance upon us which impedes our powers of thought, speech, or motion. A schoolboy is puzzled by a difficult sum; a reasoner is perplexed by the subtleties of his opponent; a youth is sometimes so embarrassed before strangers as to lose his presence of mind.
Embarrass \Em*bar"rass\, n. [F. embarras. See Embarrass, v.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1670s, "perplex, throw into doubt," from French embarrasser (16c.), literally "to block," from Italian imbarrazzo, from imbarrare "to bar," from assimilated form of in- "into, upon" (see in- (2)) + Vulgar Latin *barra "bar" (see bar (n.1)).\n
\nMeaning "to hamper, hinder" is from 1680s. Meaning "make (someone) feel awkward" first recorded 1828. Original sense preserved in embarras de richesse (1751), from French (1726): the condition of having more wealth than one knows what to do with. Related: Embarrassed; embarrassing; embarrassingly.
vb. 1 (context transitive English) to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely; to disconcert; to abash 2 (context transitive English) To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct. 3 (context transitive English) To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to encumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands.
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Usage examples of "embarrass".
Kosmos into a flatland interlocking order of holistic elements, with the embarrassed subject dangling over the flatland holistic world with absolutely no idea how it got there.
Perhaps if he embarrassed himself badly enough, it would at least slow the Adjutors down in their rush to total power.
Embarrassed, entangled, involved, he flew to Lady Afy, half in pique and half in misery.
How embarrassing would that be, he thought in panic, if Alameda had heard him moaning her name while he was in the lower rack mere inches from her fold-down desk while she pulled an allnighter on her engineering paperwork?
Even raunchy jokes embarrassed him, never mind sleazy amourettes in hotels.
The Dowager, with a magnificent disregard for the coachman and the footman, perched on the box-seat in front of her, knew no such reticence, and discoursed with great freedom on the birth of an heir to the barony, animadverting with embarrassing candour, and all the contempt of a matriarch who had brought half-a-dozen children into the world without fuss or complications, on sickly young women who fancied themselves to be ill days before their time, and ended by suffering cross births and hard labours.
Her aquamarine eyes were troubled and embarrassed, for she hated to turn down an offer that she would have loved to accept.
It had not cured them, but an altogether embarrassing number of those darkies had gone blind, stone blind, from Atoxyl before they had had time to die from sleeping sickness.
The name Code Master was an embarrassing sobriquet Babby had announced to one and all after his success at breaking the French code during the war.
He was embarrassed to use the name Bindle and Marmelstein had given the terrorist.
There was a sudden release, a very loud, recognizably embarrassing noise, and a burst of speed that shot the Blimp forward at twice its normal speed.
Every one present had pretended to read the missive, but Boke knew that some of the big shots could not read a word, and he did not want to embarrass anybody.
All, however, wore the same nervous, silly smile, all swayed themselves with embarrassed timidity, the anxious mien of the bondswoman at the slave market, who fears that she may not find a purchaser.
It was my way of minimizing the painful lump in my throat, staving off the embarrassing boohoos I thought were best left unexpressed.
They would then turn to Ottawa and demand subsidies to cover fiscal overruns, either bribing ininisters to ensure bailouts or threatening to embarrass the government by halting construction-or both.