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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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  • The mother appears quickly on the scene, and Renard retires, foiled and chagrined at the loss of his dinner.

  • Appalled and astonished must be bad, but to be chagrined, as Mr. Bryan said it, must be terrible.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • He had stood for 54:40 as the northern boundary; he was chagrined at the 49th parallel.

    Children of the Market Place Edgar Lee Masters
  • On reaching the creek, however, they were chagrined to find their fears realized.

    The Riflemen of the Miami Edward S. Ellis
  • chagrined by these failures, Frosty went deeper into the swamp.

    Swamp Cat James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • He looked so chagrined that her smile changed into outright laughter.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
British Dictionary definitions for chagrined


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 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.


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

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