noun cha·grin \shə-ˈgrin\

: a feeling of being frustrated or annoyed because of failure or disappointment

Full Definition of CHAGRIN

:  disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure

Examples of CHAGRIN

  1. The fact that he'd been unable to attend the funeral was a source of chagrin for Ted.
  2. She had gained five pounds over the winter, much to her chagrin.
  3. He decided to get a tattoo, to the chagrin of his parents.
  4. As many a woman has learned to her chagrin, pathological liars are brilliant at deception. —Katha Pollitt, Nation, 16 June 2003

Origin of CHAGRIN

French, from chagrin sad
First Known Use: circa 1681


verb cha·grin \shə-ˈgrin\
cha·grined \-ˈgrind\ cha·grin·ing \-ˈgri-niŋ\

Definition of CHAGRIN

transitive verb
:  to vex or unsettle by disappointing or humiliating <he was chagrined to learn that his help was not needed>

Origin of CHAGRIN

(see 1chagrin)
First Known Use: 1733
CHAGRIN Defined for Kids


noun cha·grin \shə-ˈgrin\

Definition of CHAGRIN for Kids

:  a feeling of being annoyed by failure or disappointment <… curiosity soon overcame any chagrin he felt at not being allowed to pass the doorway. — Brian Jacques, Redwall>


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