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[shuh-grin] /ʃəˈgrɪn/
a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation.
verb (used with object), chagrined or chagrinned, chagrining or chagrinning.
to vex by disappointment or humiliation:
The rejection of his proposal chagrined him deeply.
Obsolete. shagreen (def 1).
Origin of chagrin
1650-60; < French < ?
Related forms
unchagrined, adjective
1. See shame. Unabridged
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  • "She might have been polite enough to invite me in," said Halbert, with chagrin.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • "He must have stolen it," muttered Halbert, looking after Robert with disappointment and chagrin.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I accosted him, when, to my chagrin and disappointment, he was a white man.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • Nor was there in this her conclusion anything of chagrin, or pettish self-humiliation.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Yet, despite his chagrin, he realized that he could not send her from him forthwith.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
British Dictionary definitions for chagrin


a feeling of annoyance or mortification
verb (transitive)
to embarrass and annoy; mortify
Derived Forms
chagrined, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French chagrin, chagriner, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for chagrin

1650s, "melancholy," from French chagrin "melancholy, anxiety, vexation" (14c.), from Old North French chagreiner or Angevin dialect chagraigner "sadden," of unknown origin, perhaps [Gamillscheg] from Old French graignier "grieve over, be angry," from graigne "sadness, resentment, grief, vexation," from graim "sorrowful," of unknown origin, perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German gram "angry, fierce"). But OED and other sources trace it to an identical Old French word, borrowed into English phonetically as shagreen, meaning "rough skin or hide," of uncertain origin, the connecting notion being "roughness, harshness." Modern sense of "feeling of irritation from disappointment" is 1716.


1660s (implied in chagrined), from chagrin (n.). Related: Chagrined; chagrining.

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