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From French chagrin (sorrow). Prior to that, the etymology is unclear, with several theories – of Germanic.

From dialectal 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[1], 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.[2]. More at cat, grim, grimace, grin, yammer.


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  • Hyphenation: cha‧grijn


chagrijn n (plural chagrijnen, diminutive chagrijntje n)

  1. chagrin
  2. someone in a bad mood

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  1. ^ chagrin” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ Le Robert pour tous, Dictionnaire de la langue française, Janvier 2004, page 169, chagrin and chagriner