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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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  • They waited in the hall, looking chagrined and angry.
  • With legs crossed and mouths pursed, they appear chagrined by what was meant to be a delicious fantasy.
  • The group started out sluggishly, as if a bit chagrined.
  • He is chagrined at the basic historical facts he was once taught but can no longer remember or, worse, never knew to begin with.
  • Doctors say they are chagrined when they hear such stories.
  • The scholar stood a moment silent, his eyes bent on the ground, his countenance chagrined.
  • For their hugeness they are often known, and often chagrined to be known, as megachurches.
  • Engineers have often found themselves chagrined by the results of previous quakes.
  • Jin is somewhat chagrined that he has been working longer and yet is finishing later.
  • chagrined, the police challenged him to break out of a locked jail cell.
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



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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