- a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation.
- to vex by disappointment or humiliation: The rejection of his proposal chagrined him deeply.
- Obsolete. shagreen(def 1).
Origin of chagrin
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Examples from the Web for chagrined
Liberals excited at the way you take after Alan Greenspan will be chagrined at your critiques of the New Deal.David Stockman on ‘The Great Deformation’ and Our Economic Doom
April 1, 2013
He was wearing a black suit, a silver tie, and a chagrined expression.Election Night 2012: Fashion of Jubilation And Mourning
November 7, 2012
Instead, the Paul Ryan talked about these days on the Hill is withdrawn, conflicted, chagrined, and unavailable.Paul Ryan Breaks Rank
September 26, 2010
But I was chagrined when a critic praised some of my dialogue when it was simply a phrase I borrowed from a real-life Chicago pol.How Blago Made My Novel a True Story
December 21, 2008
Steve exclaimed, in a chagrined voice, as he stared at his prize.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
Chagrined that I could not discover the thing, I went into the library, thinking that it might be there.The Strolling Saint
"The very scantiest," returned Gian Maria, in chagrined accents.Love-at-Arms
I saw that he was chagrined, angry, but not really heart-hurt.Melomaniacs
And presently, chagrined with failure, the culprit was before his grandsire.
- a feeling of annoyance or mortification
- to embarrass and annoy; mortify
Word Origin and History for chagrined
1660s (implied in chagrined), from chagrin (n.). Related: Chagrined; chagrining.
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.