- Distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated: Jeff, much to his chagrin, wasn’t invitedMore example sentences
- 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.
verb(be chagrined) Back to top
- Feel distressed or humiliated: he was chagrined when his friend poured scorn on himMore example sentences
- 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.