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crestfallen Line breaks: crest|fall¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɛstfɔːlən/

Definition of crestfallen in English:


Sad and disappointed: he came back empty-handed and crestfallen
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  • The Irishman was under tremendous pressure to get Carlisle's season off to a good start and must have been crestfallen in defeat.
  • He sighed and slowly stood from the couch, crestfallen eyes showing defeat.
  • Most of his supporters in Ohio had all but admitted defeat yesterday morning, too crestfallen to clutch at legal straws and not surprised by his decision to concede.


Late 16th century: originally with reference to a mammal or bird having a fallen or drooping crest.

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