embarrassing
embarrassing 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. 2000.

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