This is a Wednesday’s Wonderful Words post, in which I chose a word, well-know or otherwise, and discuss why I think it’s so wonderful.
1. A feeling of mortification, disappointment and annoyance.
2. 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 verb: chagrined, chagrining, chagrins
1. To embarrass and annoy; mortify. To cause to feel chagrin; mortify or discomfit: He was chagrined at the poor sales of his book.
1. A state of embarrassment, disappointment or frustration caused by disappointment.
French, possibly from dialectal French chagraigner, to distress, become gloomy, from Old French graim, sorrowful, gloomy, of Germanic origin.
At one time chagrin was thought to be the same word as shagreen, “a leather or skin with a rough surface,” derived from French chagrin. The reasoning was that in French the word for this rough material, which was used to smooth and polish things, was extended to the notion of troubles that fret and annoy a person. It was later decided, however, that the sense “rough leather” and the sense “sorrow” each belonged to a different French word chagrin.
Other etymologists have offered an alternative explanation, suggesting that the French word chagrin, “sorrow,” is a loan translation of the German word Katzenjammer, “a hangover from drinking.”
The word probably derives originally from a Germanic word, gram, meaning “sorrow, trouble.” Chagrin is first recorded in English in 1656 in the now obsolete sense “anxiety, melancholy.”
annoyance, embarrassment, humiliation, dissatisfaction, disquiet, displeasure, frustration, mortification, discomfiture, vexation, discomposure
annoy, embarrass, humiliate, disquiet, vex, displease, mortify, discomfit, dissatisfy, discompose, frustrate.