Definition of chagrin in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHəˈɡrin/


Distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated: Jeff, much to his chagrin, wasn’t invited
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  • The long-awaited breakup will ensue, to the embarrassment and chagrin of many.
  • He coughed up his Bickfords and turned purple with a mixture of shame and chagrin.
  • To his embarrassment and chagrin, not one of these claims has turned out to be true.
annoyance, irritation, vexation, exasperation, displeasure, dissatisfaction, discontent;
anger, rage, fury, wrath, indignation, resentment;
embarrassment, mortification, humiliation, shame


(be chagrined)
Feel distressed or humiliated: he was chagrined when his friend poured scorn on him
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  • But he went on nationwide television and said that, and that he was chagrined by it and embarrassed by it.
  • I'm chagrined to see this morning that although Blogger says everything is hunky dory with my posts, I can't see them on the public website - which is what led to the post below.
  • I was somewhat chagrined, rereading it recently, to see just how much of my own early work takes off from this one novel.


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'melancholy'): from French chagrin (noun), literally 'rough skin, shagreen', chagriner (verb), of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: cha·grin

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