embarrassing


embarrassing
adj.
VERBS
be, prove, sound
become, get
make sth

My mother's presence made the situation even more embarrassing.

find sb/sth

I found the whole evening deeply embarrassing.

ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
acutely (esp. BrE), deeply, excruciatingly, highly, particularly, terribly, toe-curlingly (BrE)

a deeply embarrassing moment

increasingly
almost
a little, slightly, etc.
potentially
politically
PREPOSITION
for

It was acutely embarrassing for us all.

to

This latest incident could be embarrassing to the government.

Embarrassing is used with these nouns: ↑defeat, ↑error, ↑incident, ↑memory, ↑mistake, ↑moment, ↑muddle, ↑position, ↑question, ↑revelation, ↑silence, ↑situation, ↑snub, ↑subject, ↑U-turn

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • embarrassing — adj. 1. hard to deal with; as, greeted with an embarrassing silence. Syn: awkward, disconcerting, off putting, sticky, tight, unenviable. [WordNet 1.5] 2. causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation. Syn: mortifying, shame making. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embarrassing — [adj] humiliating, shaming awkward, bewildering, compromising, confusing, delicate, difficult, disagreeable, discomfiting, discommoding, discommodious, disconcerting, distracting, distressing, disturbing, equivocal, exasperating, impossible,… …   New thesaurus

  • embarrassing — adj. 1) embarrassing to + inf. (it was embarrassing to fail the exam) 2) embarrassing that + clause (it s embarrassing that our streets are so dirty) * * * [ɪm bærəsɪŋ] embarrassing to + inf. (it was embarrassing to fail the exam) embarrassing… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • embarrassing — [[t]ɪmbæ̱rəsɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is embarrassing makes you feel shy or ashamed. That was an embarrassing situation for me... Men find it embarrassing to be honest. Syn: uncomfortable, awkward Derived words: embarrassingly ADV… …   English dictionary

  • embarrassing */ — UK [ɪmˈbærəsɪŋ] / US [ɪmˈberəsɪŋ] adjective 1) a) making you feel nervous, ashamed, or stupid The situation was most embarrassing. I wish he wouldn t ask such embarrassing questions. b) used for describing something that is very bad This… …   English dictionary

  • embarrassing — em|bar|ras|sing [ımˈbærəsıŋ] adj making you feel ashamed, nervous, or uncomfortable ▪ She asked a lot of embarrassing questions . ▪ an embarrassing situation embarrassing for ▪ This incident is deeply embarrassing for the government.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • embarrassing — em|bar|rass|ing [ ım berəsıŋ ] adjective * 1. ) making you feel nervous, ashamed, or stupid: The situation was most embarrassing. I wish he wouldn t ask such embarrassing questions. a ) used for describing something that is very bad: This… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • embarrassing — adjective 1. hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment (Freq. 3) awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion an awkward pause followed his remark a sticky question in the unenviable position of resorting to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Embarrassing — 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}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embarrassing — adjective making you feel ashamed, nervous, or uncomfortable: The firm wants to avoid any embarrassing questions about its finances. embarrassingly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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