AskDefine | Define embarrass

Dictionary Definition

embarrass

Verb

1 cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious [syn: abash]
2 hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn" [syn: obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy]

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English

Etymology

embarrasser, to block, to obstruct, from embarazar, either from embaraçar, from em-, from im-, in + baraça, noose, rope, related to Celtic barr, tuft; or from imbarazzare, from imbarazzo, obstacle, obstruction, from imbarrare, to block, to bar, from im-, in + barra, bar, from Vulgar Latin barra, of unknown origin

Pronunciation

  • /ɪmˈbæɹəs/, /Im"b

Extensive Definition

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