|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"
|2.||[ adjective ] causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation|
"the embarrassing moment when she found her petticoat down around her ankles" "it was mortifying to know he had heard every word"