(countable and uncountable, plural chagrins)
- Distress of mind caused by a failure of aims or plans, want of appreciation, mistakes etc; vexation or mortification.
- A type of leather or skin with a rough surface.
(third-person singular simple present chagrins, present participle chagrining, simple past and past participle chagrined)
- To bother or vex; to mortify.
- She was chagrined to note that the paint had dried into a blotchy mess.
- (intransitive) To be vexed or annoyed.
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.