Definition of crestfallen in English:



  • Sad and disappointed.

    ‘he came back empty-handed and crestfallen’
    • ‘When I didn't say anything for a few moments, the lady shuffled her hands together, looking crestfallen.’
    • ‘We leave crestfallen, unsure of whether or not we have just stumbled upon the world's most mysterious recording studio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her dark eyes held a look so distraught and crestfallen that she didn't even notice the eeriness around her.’
    • ‘He was crestfallen when I said I just wanted to borrow the phone, but was kind enough to let me.’
    • ‘She came home from school quite crestfallen the other day.’
    • ‘He seemed crestfallen when I confirmed that, yes, it would take an awful long time to walk.’
    • ‘‘I don't think that's necessarily true ’, she says, sounding a little crestfallen.’
    • ‘He looked crestfallen, so I got off the bench and chased him around in a game of hide-and-seek.’
    • ‘The Irishman was under tremendous pressure to get Carlisle's season off to a good start and must have been crestfallen in defeat.’
    • ‘Critics were left to slink away with crestfallen faces, hoping no one would remember their dire predictions.’
    • ‘While the announcement of the results brought cheer to some, many others looked crestfallen.’
    • ‘Sure, he can put on an accent, look suitably crestfallen and let those tear ducts well up like a true champ, but is he really the third greatest actor in the history of film?’
    • ‘He sighed and slowly stood from the couch, crestfallen eyes showing defeat.’
    • ‘As the cast took their curtain-calls, I sat crestfallen backstage, erasing my disguise with a make-up wipe.’
    • ‘A few months later the same glowing face was crestfallen.’
    • ‘But in Senegal itself, crestfallen fans trudged through quiet streets in the capital after their team's failure to reach the last four.’
    • ‘On that score, as long as I have him on the line, I feel it's my duty to bust his chops a bit on behalf of crestfallen kids everywhere.’
    • ‘‘Sorry sir, there are no fish items available today’ he said looking crestfallen.’
    • ‘With little aid and no roof over their head, these crestfallen people are facing the worst nightmare of their lives.’
    downhearted, downcast, despondent, disappointed, disconsolate, disheartened, discouraged, dispirited, dejected, depressed, desolate, heartbroken, broken-hearted, heavy-hearted, low-spirited, in the doldrums, sad, glum, gloomy, dismal, doleful, miserable, unhappy, woebegone, forlorn, long-faced, fed up
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Late 16th century: originally with reference to a mammal or bird having a fallen or drooping crest.