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cha·​grin shə-ˈgrin How to pronounce chagrin (audio)
 British usually  ˈsha-grin
: disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure


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chagrined shə-ˈgrind How to pronounce chagrin (audio)
 British usually  ˈsha-grind
; chagrining shə-ˈgri-niŋ How to pronounce chagrin (audio)
 British usually  ˈsha-gri-niŋ

transitive verb

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

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Chagrin comes from French, in which it means "grief," "sorrow," or essentially the same thing as English's chagrin, and in which it is also an adjective meaning "sad."

Examples of chagrin in a Sentence

Noun As many a woman has learned to her chagrin, pathological liars are brilliant at deception. Katha Pollitt, Nation, 16 June 2003
In World War I, to his chagrin, Eisenhower again found himself on the sidelines, performing training duties stateside while Pershing, MacArthur, and Patton earned their battle ribbons. U.S. News & World Report, 16 Mar. 1998
In 1628, to the chagrin of Governor William Bradford, the Pilgrims erected an 80-foot Maypole, danced around it, drank beer, and sang. E. C. Krupp, Sky & Telescope, May 1994
Imagine my chagrin when a whiz kid from Dayton made all A's in the first quarter while I made two B's and a C+. John Hope Franklin, Race and History, 1989
The fact that he'd been unable to attend the funeral was a source of chagrin for Ted. She had gained five pounds over the winter, much to her chagrin. He decided to get a tattoo, to the chagrin of his parents.
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Much to the chagrin of the rather full Chase Center stands, the Lakers held Bronny James out as a precautionary measure due to swelling in his knee. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 7 July 2024 Perhaps more concerningly, there is also the possibility that its destruction was deliberate—maybe as a follow-up to Russia’s 2021 anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, in which the country intentionally destroyed a defunct satellite, to the chagrin of the international community. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 June 2024
Wikimedia Commons Examples of true chiclet keyboards include the clackers on the TRS-80 Color Computer, Commodore PET, and, to much chagrin, the IBM PCjr. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 27 Mar. 2024 Joe Tierney Art out of place Manhattan: I am deeply chagrined to learn that a precious Banksy art piece is being hauled out of the city to Connecticut by the landlord whose building hosted the artwork. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 5 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for chagrin 

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Word History


Noun and Verb

French, from chagrin sad

First Known Use


1661, in the meaning defined above


1733, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chagrin was in 1661


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Cite this Entry

“Chagrin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
cha·​grin shə-ˈgrin How to pronounce chagrin (audio)
: a feeling of being annoyed by failure or disappointment


2 of 2 verb
chagrined -ˈgrind How to pronounce chagrin (audio) ; chagrining -ˈgrin-iŋ How to pronounce chagrin (audio)
: to cause to feel chagrin
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