- The definition of chagrin is a feeling of embarrassment caused by failure or disappointment.
An example of chagrin is feeling frustrated because you didn't complete a course paper in time.
This woman is chagrined.
Origin of chagrinFrench grief, sorrow, vexation, probably ; from Norman chagreiner, to become gloomy (said of the weather) ; from Old French graignier, to sorrow ; from graim, sorrowful ; from Frankish an unverified form gram
transitive verbcha·grined, cha·grin·ing, cha·grins
Origin of chagrinFrench, possibly from dialectal French chagraigner, to distress, become gloomy, from Old French graim, sorrowful, gloomy, of Germanic origin.
(countable and uncountable, plural chagrins)
- Often used in the form to one’s chagrin.
(third-person singular simple present chagrins, present participle chagrining, simple past and past participle chagrined)
- The verb form is rarely found in other than passive voice.
From French chagrin (“sorrow”). Prior to that, the etymology is unclear, with several theories – of Germanic.
From dialectical French chagraigner (“to be gloomy, distress”), from chat (“cat”) + Old French graim (“sorrow, gloom; sorrowful, gloomy”), from Frankish gram, a loan translation of German Katzenjammer (“drunken hang-over”), from Katzen (“cats”) + jammer (“distress, sorrow, lament”). Akin to German Gram , Old Norse gramr (“wroth”) (whence Danish gram), Old English grama (“anger”), grim (“grim, gloomy”) (Modern English grim).
Another theory derives French chagrin from the verb chagriner, in its turn from Old French grigner, which is of Germanic origin and cognate to English grin. . More at cat, grim, grimace, grin, yammer.