from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event.
  • transitive verb To cause to feel chagrin; mortify or discomfit: synonym: embarrass.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Mental disquiet and pain from the failure of aims or plans, want of appreciation, mistakes, etc.; mortification; vexation.
  • noun Synonyms Vexation, etc. See mortification.
  • To excite a feeling of chagrin in; vex; mortify.
  • noun See shagreen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To be vexed or annoyed.
  • transitive verb To excite ill-humor in; to vex; to mortify.
  • noun Vexation; mortification.
  • adjective Chagrined.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Distress of mind caused by a failure of aims or plans, want of appreciation, mistakes etc; vexation or mortification.
  • verb transitive To bother or vex; to mortify.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun strong feelings of embarrassment
  • verb cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, possibly from dialectal French chagraigner, to distress, become gloomy, from Old French graim, sorrowful, gloomy, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French chagrin ("sorrow"). Prior to that, the etymology is unclear, with several theories – of Germanic or possibly Turkish origin.



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  • Has any heard this word in any expression except "much to my"?

    December 2, 2006

  • not only heard, but used.

    December 9, 2006

  • Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin 'n Hobbes, lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

    December 14, 2006

  • Yes, "much to his/her" ;)

    October 6, 2007

  • an orange cyclops-eye, scorning to look

    longer on this landscape of chagrin;

    from "Winter Landscape, With Rooks," Sylvia Plath

    March 31, 2008

  • I am disappointed to learn that 'chagrin' = "irritation" is now believed not to come from the Turkish for "horse's bum". I do hope the OED find the old story is true when they get round to revising C.

    July 8, 2010

  • If I dont come out of my GREs in flying colors, I will be in a state of Chagrin.

    August 30, 2012

  • Overconfidence often results in was Chagrin.

    October 1, 2013