An example of chagrin is feeling frustrated because you didn't complete a course paper in time.
To her chagrin, the party ended just as she arrived.
He was chagrined at the poor sales of his book.
Origin of chagrin
- French possibly from dialectal French chagraigner to distress, become gloomy from Old French graim sorrowful, gloomy of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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).
- From French chagrin (“sorrow”). Prior to that, the etymology is unclear, with several theories – of Germanic.