embarrass etymology

English word embarrass comes from Spanish embarazar, and later French embarrasser ((transitive) clutter; block (up). (transitive) embarrass.)

Detailed word origin of embarrass

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
embarazar Spanish (spa) (reflexive) to become pregnant. (transitive) to impregnate, make pregnant. (transitive) to incommode, annoy.
embarrasser French (fra) (transitive) clutter; block (up). (transitive) embarrass.
embarrass English (eng) (transitive) To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct.. (transitive) To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to encumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands.. (transitive) to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely; to disconcert; to abash.

Words with the same origin as embarrass

Descendants of embarazar
embarrassment