cha·​grin | \ shə-ˈgrin How to pronounce chagrin (audio) , British usually ˈsha-grin \

Definition of chagrin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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 \

Definition of chagrin (Entry 2 of 2)

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Changing that source material to the chagrin of fans—exchanging a Cold War bomb anxiety narrative with a fun house mirror display of race in America—well, that takes some Dr. Manhattan-sized balls. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 17 May 2022 Trump’s coveted endorsement in mid-April, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average—much to the chagrin of several other pro-Trump candidates. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 4 May 2022 After the Pittsburgh timeout, Michigan ran the ball on first down, much to the chagrin of former Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who was the color commentator for the game. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2022 Is this the permanent Republican Party, much to the chagrin of my friends who want to get back talking about smaller government, lower taxes, foreign policy, trade issues, free trade issues? NBC News, 1 May 2022 Cawthorn has been a lightning rod for controversy recently, much to the chagrin of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 How much the movie actually cost is up for debate; Eggers has been loudly and proudly touting its $90 million production budget in the press, much to the chagrin of its financial investors. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 25 Apr. 2022 Ankara is one of the rare buyers of both U.S. and Russian weapons, much to Washington’s chagrin. Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 Johnson’s womanizing is also on full display, to the chagrin of his high-school girlfriend and future wife Cookie (Tamera Tomakili). Bill Goodykoontz, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb She and others were chagrined to see the board all but gutted, at a moment when the transportation agency is grappling with COVID-19 — and hemorrhaging money. Rachel Swan,, 14 May 2020 Despite a scolding from the governor chagrined by news photos that seemed to show unsafe clusters of beachgoers the weekend before, many of who had driven in from L.A., Newport Beach leaders voted 5-2 to keep the beach open. Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2020 This chagrins and disgusts some Ukrainians, who want sorely to get rid of that culture, or subculture. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 19 Dec. 2019 Just over three months later, the Bruins again were chagrined to lose No. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 15 June 2019 Museum officials, chagrined that some 60 percent of visitors voted in favor of torture, dropped the survey, after deciding the topic was too complex for a yes-no question. Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2019 Klobuchar said of Gabbard, visibly chagrined that the spotlight might shift away from her Iowa tour. Alexandra Jaffe, Twin Cities, 21 Oct. 2019 Klobuchar said of Gabbard, visibly chagrined that the spotlight might shift away from her Iowa tour. Alexandra Jaffe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2019 Amazon made the news of the pullout public on Thursday, leaving Mr. Cuomo and the deal’s other biggest supporter, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, stunned and chagrined. Katie Honan, WSJ, 16 Feb. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of chagrin


1661, in the meaning defined above


1733, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chagrin

Noun and Verb

French, from chagrin sad

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25 May 2022

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“Chagrin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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cha·​grin | \ shə-ˈgrin How to pronounce chagrin (audio) \

Kids Definition of chagrin

: 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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