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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."

Example Sentences

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
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The couple also replaced linoleum floors with a herringbone patterned alternative in black oak, which they were chagrined to find out has a tendency to turn pink when staining. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 10 May 2023 During the first two episodes of its fourth season, Parsifal is stuck at the dock in Sardinia, Italy, due to engine trouble, much to the guests’ chagrin, and Gary is stuck in a hotel room with Covid. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2023 Companies are increasingly creating new C-suite roles with a focus on data, analytics or artificial intelligence—to the confusion, and sometimes chagrin, of chief information officers and others who previously had oversight of data. Isabelle Bousquette,, 14 Apr. 2023 Bang!'s genesis is in an eponymous TV Show and the Comedy Death Ray stage show performed at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, the show features improv games, interviews, and more, sometimes to the confusion or even chagrin of its guests. Josh Sargent, Men's Health, 14 Mar. 2023 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 See More

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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


Dictionary Entries Near chagrin

Cite this Entry

“Chagrin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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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