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verb (used with object), cha·grined or cha·grinned, cha·grin·ing or cha·grin·ning.
  1. to vex by disappointment or humiliation: The rejection of his proposal chagrined him deeply.
  2. Obsolete. shagreen(def 1).

Origin of chagrin

1650–60; < French < ?
Related formsun·cha·grined, adjective

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1. See shame. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a feeling of annoyance or mortification
verb (tr)
  1. to embarrass and annoy; mortify
Derived Formschagrined, adjective

Word Origin for chagrin

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.

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