from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a feeling of shameful discomfort.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of embarrass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. feeling uneasily or unpleasantly self-conscious due to some event or circumstance.
  • adj. feeling inferior or unworthy and hence unpleasantly self-conscious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious
  • adj. made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded pride


From embarrass + -ed. The adjective is an extension of the past participle. (Wiktionary)


  • Because the word embarrassed was her middle name, Charlotte wouldnt wish public humiliation on her worst enemy.

    Beacon Street Girls: Lake Rescue

  • He never said it aloud, but I knew the name embarrassed him.

    Oh My Goth

  • I laughed out loud at the dark humor, though I could not tell you why exactly, leaving the speaker of the term embarrassed when she realized I had heard her.


  • Many years ago Ronald Reagan's pollster talked after Watergate about what he called the embarrassed Republican vote: many Republicans who chose to stay home rather than vote for their party.

    CNN Transcript Oct 9, 2006

  • The way for the Nationals to stop getting embarrassed is to start winning, Mark Zuckerman says.

    Collin Balester provides some relief

  • While the Mount Holyoke grads were meeting in embarrassed little encounter groups to discuss possibly putting a mirror down there, Brown was telling her readers to embrace all aspects of their body, including the various functions and products of the alimentary tract.

    Sex and the Married Man

  • At Turin 's Sonia Rossi Gallery stand, Annika Str รถ m, who has also produced a performance piece for the fair in which 10 men are wandering around pretending to be embarrassed, is showing two identical watercolor posters which read: buy one get one free.

    Overloading at Frieze

  • "I was so stinkin 'embarrassed that a golf cart full of Secret Service guys had to pull up beside me," she said of the fall.

    Palin confident she can outrun Obama

  • ` ` I was embarrassed from the standpoint of our organization and everything we stand for.

  • At least six of them used the word embarrassed, probably more.

    Which Monday night blowout was worse

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