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

  • n. A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event: To her chagrin, the party ended just as she arrived.
  • transitive v. To cause to feel chagrin; mortify or discomfit: He was chagrined at the poor sales of his book. See Synonyms at embarrass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Chagrined.
  • n. Vexation; mortification.
  • intransitive v. To be vexed or annoyed.
  • transitive v. To excite ill-humor in; to vex; to mortify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. strong feelings of embarrassment
  • v. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of


French, possibly from dialectal French chagraigner, to distress, become gloomy, from Old French graim, sorrowful, gloomy, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chagrin ("sorrow"). Prior to that, the etymology is unclear, with several theories – of Germanic or possibly Turkish origin. (Wiktionary)


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  • Overconfidence often results in was Chagrin.

    October 1, 2013

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

    August 30, 2012

  • 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

  • an orange cyclops-eye, scorning to look
    longer on this landscape of chagrin;

    from "Winter Landscape, With Rooks," Sylvia Plath

    March 31, 2008

  • Yes, "much to his/her" ;)

    October 6, 2007

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

    December 14, 2006

  • not only heard, but used.

    December 9, 2006

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

    December 2, 2006