Definition of embarrassing adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbærəsɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbærəsɪŋ//
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  1. 1  making you feel shy, awkward or ashamed an embarrassing mistake/question/situation It can be embarrassing for children to tell complete strangers about such incidents. It was so embarrassing having to sing in public. See related entries: Embarrassment
  2. 2  causing somebody to look stupid, dishonest, etc. The report is likely to prove highly embarrassing to the government. This EU ruling puts Britain in a very embarrassing position.
  3. Extra examples I found the whole evening intensely embarrassing. It was acutely embarrassing for us all. My mother’s presence made the situation even more embarrassing. This latest incident could be embarrassing to the government. a deeply embarrassing moment an embarrassing mistake/​question/​situation
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