Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

embarrassment - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun     embarrassment pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [uncountable] a feeling of being nervous or ashamed because of what people know or think about you

    I felt my face burning with embarrassment.

    1. a.
      [countable] someone or something that makes you feel ashamed
      embarrassment to:

      He is such an embarrassment to his family.

  2. 2
    [countable] someone or something that causes problems for an organization or politician
    embarrassment to:

    The court case was a huge embarrassment to the company.

Open Dictionary


a hatred of certain sounds, such as sniffling, mouth noises, breathing or lip smacking

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play