from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To destroy the self-possession of; to confuse or confound, as by exciting suddenly a consciousness of guilt, mistake, or inferiority; to put to shame; to disconcert; to discomfit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To confuse or confound, as by suddenly exciting a consciousness of guilt, error, inferiority, etc.; destroy the self-possession of; make ashamed or dispirited; put to confusion.
- To stand or be confounded; lose self-possession.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
Middle English abaishen, to lose one's composure, from Old French esbahir, esbahiss- : es-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + baer, to gape; see bay2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)