1. [ adjective ] hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
Synonyms: sticky unenviable awkward

"awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion" "an awkward pause followed his remark" "a sticky question" "in an unenviable position"

Related terms: difficult
2. [ adjective ] causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation
Synonyms: mortifying

"the embarrassing moment when she found her petticoat down around her ankles" "it was mortifying to know he had heard every word"

Related terms: unpleasant
Similar spelling:   embarrassingly