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 chagrined (audio) , British usually  ˈsha-​grind \; chagrining\ shə-​ˈgri-​niŋ How to pronounce chagrining (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 our "chagrin," and in which it is also an adjective meaning "sad." Some etymologists have linked this "chagrin" with another French chagrin, meaning "rough leather or "rough skin." Supposedly, the rough leather used to rub, polish, or file became a metaphor in French for agitating situations. English-speakers have also adopted the leathery "chagrin" into our language but have altered the spelling to "shagreen."

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That was enough for the officials to hit Hartman with a five-minute major and a game misconduct, a call that was upheld upon further review, much to the chagrin of coach Bruce Boudreau on the bench. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild upset with officials after Ryan Hartman’s five-minute major," 8 Nov. 2019 But, much to the chagrin of fans in Texas and across the globe, Matthew McConaughey does, in fact, age. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "He just 'keeps livin': Matthew McConaughey hits 50. Check out his best images from over the years," 4 Nov. 2019 The visitors task was made ten times harder not long after, when Francesco Cassata was given his marching orders for a second yellow card, much to the chagrin of Genoa's backroom staff., "Juventus 2-1 Genoa: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Ronaldo Scores Late Penalty to Seal Win," 30 Oct. 2019 The hope is that electronic IDs will protect people’s from identity theft and, to the chagrin of teenagers looking to drink, add a roadblock to getting fake IDs, Dixon said. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, "Forgot your driver’s license? Now you can legally use an electronic ID on the Colorado app," 30 Oct. 2019 Now, a recent ruling could clear the way for Philadelphia to have the first supervised injection site in the nation -- much to the chagrin of the federal government. Fox News, "Philadelphia preparing for first-in-nation supervised injection site after legal win," 11 Oct. 2019 Seattle isn’t the only city that has embraced progressive policies over the last few years, to the chagrin of many local business leaders. Alana Semuels, Time, "Progressives and Business Leaders Are Going to War in Seattle, With Major Implications for the Country's Future," 10 Oct. 2019 However, to the chagrin of prosecutors, not everyone is going to prison for this crime. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Man posed as dead mom for 25 years to collect her benefits," 2 Oct. 2019 Disputes over the profit-sharing structure put Spidey’s future in the MCU in doubt, much to the chagrin of many fans who had enjoyed seeing Spider-Man fighting alongside The Avengers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Split no more, Spider-Man gets another swing with Marvel," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Klobuchar said of Gabbard, visibly chagrined that the spotlight might shift away from her Iowa tour. Alexandra Jaffe, Twin Cities, "Amy Klobuchar tries to turn debate spotlight into momentum in Iowa," 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, "Klobuchar tries to turn debate spotlight into momentum," 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, "Amazon’s New York Project Foundered on Labor Organizing, Opposition to Subsidies," 16 Feb. 2019 Harriman was chagrined over a minor federal criminal case under way at that time. Thomas J. Baker, WSJ, "What Barr Knows About Firing an FBI Head," 14 Jan. 2019 Many were also chagrined by the fact that Collins, a woman and an ostensibly moderate Republican, cast her vote for Kavanaugh. Anna North, Vox, "The #MeToo movement and its evolution, explained," 9 Oct. 2018 They have been particularly chagrined by his circumspect attitude toward special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of potential ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives during the campaign. Washington Post,, "Gerard Baker replaced as editor of Wall Street Journal," 5 June 2018 Lawler was impressed by the Ramones' farming know-how and chagrined by the loss of their 5-acre livelihood. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Nation's largest urban farm nears opening in Fishers with a little help from Puerto Rico," 22 May 2018 People with disabilities and advocates for disability rights have been particularly chagrined by one image making the rounds on social media: an upright man silhouetted against a backdrop of stars, with an empty wheelchair in the foreground. Jessica Roy,, "Erasing Stephen Hawking's disability erases an important part of who he was," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chagrin


circa 1681, 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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The first known use of chagrin was circa 1681

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English Language Learners Definition of chagrin

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


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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