Definition of embarrassingly in English:


Pronunciation /ɪmˈbarəsɪŋli/ /ɛmˈbarəsɪŋli/


  • In a manner or to a degree that causes self-consciousness, shame, or awkwardness.

    ‘the lie was embarrassingly exposed last December’
    as submodifier ‘embarrassingly awful lyrics’
    sentence adverb ‘another new student whose name, most embarrassingly, escapes me’
    • ‘Buckley's novel, by contrast, is embarrassingly superficial.’
    • ‘The writing isn't just mediocre - it's embarrassingly bad.’
    • ‘Though the film is about sex, there are no embarrassingly frank sex scenes.’
    • ‘This a question every musician has been asked, yet it can be embarrassingly difficult to answer.’
    • ‘Eventually, she requests an audition, but embarrassingly falls flat on her face.’
    • ‘Yet he himself is hardly objective in his analysis and embarrassingly reveals himself as being totally incompetent.’
    • ‘The military embarrassingly admitted that it did not even know whether supposedly secret information seized from the officer was classified.’
    • ‘Before I came to Paganism (by way of Google, rather embarrassingly), I was an altar girl at my church.’
    • ‘Embarrassingly, this talk makes me feel more hungry than guilty.’
    • ‘It isn't embarrassingly inept like his last film, but nor is it more distinguished than an average TV movie.’



/ɪmˈbarəsɪŋli/ /ɛmˈbarəsɪŋli/