- from Portuguese embaraçar, from em- (“in”) (from Latin im-) + baraço (“noose, rope”), or
- from Italian imbarazzare, from imbarazzo (“obstacle, obstruction”), from imbarrare (“to block, bar”), from im- (“in”) + barra (“bar”), from Vulgar Latin *barra, of unknown origin. More at bar and embargo.
- IPA(key): /ɪmˈbæ.ɹəs/
- (Mary–marry–merry merger) IPA(key): /ɪmˈbɛ(ə).ɹəs/
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- Rhymes: -ærəs
- (transitive) to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely; to disconcert; to abash
- The crowd's laughter and jeers embarrassed him.
- (transitive) To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct.
- Business is embarrassed; public affairs are embarrassed.
- (transitive) To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to encumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands.
- A man or his business is embarrassed when he cannot meet his pecuniary engagements.
to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely