Etymology: French embarrasser, from Spanish embarazar, from Portuguese embaraçar, from em- (from Latin in-) + baraça noose
a. to place in doubt, perplexity, or difficulties
b. to involve in financial difficulties
c. to cause to experience a state of self-conscious distress <bawdy stories embarrassed him> 2. a. to hamper the movement of b. hinder, impede 3. to make intricate ; complicate 4. to impair the activity of (a bodily function) or the function of (a bodily part) <digestion embarrassed by overeating> intransitive verb to become anxiously self-conscious <he embarrasses easily> • embarrassable adjective Synonyms: embarrass, discomfit, abash, disconcert, rattle mean to distress by confusing or confounding. embarrass implies some influence that impedes thought, speech, or action <embarrassed to admit that she liked the movie>. discomfit implies a hampering or frustrating accompanied by confusion <hecklers discomfited the speaker>. abash presupposes some initial self-confidence that receives a sudden check, producing shyness, shame, or a feeling of inferiority <abashed by her swift and cutting retort>. disconcert implies an upsetting of equanimity or assurance producing uncertainty or hesitancy <disconcerted by finding so many in attendance>. rattle implies an agitation that impairs thought and judgment <rattled by all the television cameras>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.