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crestfallen Syllabification: crest·fal·len
Pronunciation: /ˈkres(t)ˌfôlən/

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: figuratively, from the original use referring to a mammal or bird having a fallen or drooping crest.

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