tr.v., -rassed, -rassÂ·ing, -rassÂ·es.
- To cause to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; disconcert: Meeting adults embarrassed the shy child.
- To involve in or hamper with financial difficulties.
- To hinder with obstacles or difficulties; impede.
- To complicate.
- To interfere with (a bodily function) or impede the function of (a body part).
[French embarrasser, to encumber, hamper, from Spanish embarazar, from Italian imbarazzare, from imbarazzo, obstacle, obstruction, from imbarrare, to block, bar : in-, in (from Latin; see enâ€“1) + barra, bar (from Vulgar Latin *barra).]embarrassedly emÂ·bar'rassedÂ·ly adv.
embarrassingly emÂ·bar'rassÂ·ingÂ·ly adv.
SYNONYMS embarrass, abash, chagrin, discomfit, disconcert, faze, rattle. These verbs mean to cause someone to feel self-conscious and uneasy: were embarrassed by their child's tantrum; felt abashed at the extravagant praise; will be chagrined if my confident prediction fails; was discomfited by the sudden personal question; is disconcerted by sarcastic remarks; refuses to be fazed by your objections; isn't easily rattled before an audience.