Definition of chagrin in English:


Line breaks: chag|rin
Pronunciation: /ˈʃagrɪn
, ʃəˈgrɪn/


[mass noun]


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  • 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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