- < Portuguese embaraçar < em- (“‘in’”) (from Latin im-) + baraça (“‘noose, rope’”), related to Patrono:Cel barr (“‘tuft’”), or
- < Italian imbarazzare < imbarazzo (“‘obstacle, obstruction’”) < imbarrare (“‘to block, to bar’”) < im- (“‘in’”) + barra (“‘bar’”) < Vulgar Latin barra, of unknown origin.
Third person singular
- (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.
to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely
- Embarrass in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Embarrass in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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