Definition of downcast in English:



  • 1(of a person's eyes) looking downwards:

    ‘her modestly downcast eyes’
    • ‘Chloe raised her blue downcast eyes and stared up at the young woman who had appeared in front of the breakfast table.’
    • ‘He probably didn't see his demise coming until Sulzberger's downcast eyes telegraphed it to him.’
    • ‘The simple, archaic gesture, a performance of downcast eyes and busy hands, puts across a feminist rereading of the woman's straightjacket.’
    • ‘Since her eyes were usually downcast, it could be slightly disconcerting when she raised them and looked at you directly.’
    • ‘The proper external conduct of the body - such as the wearing of the robe neatly, good deportment, downcast eyes, and observation of good behaviour - is frequently seen as evidence for a state of virtue.’
    • ‘The lady in waiting was silent, with downcast eyes and a broken spirit.’
    • ‘Eyes are usually downcast, focused elsewhere.’
    • ‘Her downcast eyes rise to meet the men of the Coventry household, first the handsome young brothers, then the filthy-rich uncle.’
    • ‘The men we met walked past slow, unsmiling, with downcast eyes, as if the melancholy of an over-burdened earth had weighted their feet, bowed their shoulders, borne down their glances.’
    • ‘With his cane, his downcast eyes, and bandy legged gait, he is the antithesis of Hollywood muscle-bound steroid cases.’
    • ‘Or Binodini of ‘Choker Bali’ whose downcast eyes promised the quiet glow of life after sunset, and the raised ones the joy of sunshine after a gloomy shower?’
    • ‘There will be applause, appropriate blushing and downcast eyes on my part, followed by an incredible job offer.’
    • ‘The exchanged looks, downcast eyes, or brutal and grim determination of the guards all make this film seem real.’
    • ‘His eyes are always downcast, he never lifts his glance.’
    • ‘Bond noticed that he had not enquired his own name and finally volunteered with downcast eye, ‘My name is Gerda.’’
    • ‘Simple St George listens with downcast eyes before the ancient hermit's gaze harrowed by visions; abashed, although he has accomplished more.’
    • ‘‘He was downtown and got jumped,’ he replied with downcast eyes.’
    • ‘Many times in the film, an arched eyebrow, a downcast eye (followed by a POV shot), or wrinkled, furrowed brow says a lot more than the witty bon mots that the cast members like to throw about.’
    • ‘I studied her downcast eyes and continued: ‘Who did these then?’’
    • ‘She is almost always shown in profile and never engages the viewer, but with downcast eyes she seems intensely self-absorbed or excessively demure.’
  • 2(of a person) feeling despondent:

    ‘you mustn't be downcast’
    • ‘There comes a definitive moment at the end of every Super Bowl when exuberant and downcast fans alike know when to shut off the TV, or at least change the channel.’
    • ‘The little girl wasn't downcast for long, however, and she grabbed Peter's hand.’
    • ‘The mood of the people was downcast after Australia notched up a whopping 359.’
    • ‘Yet she was always downcast, antisocial, and she wrote the darkest poetry, which she shared with me.’
    • ‘He was alternately downcast and defiant, becoming more animated in his exchanges with the judge as the hearing went on.’
    • ‘Brazil's players were downcast and apologised.’
    • ‘His winning photographs show a downcast girl in St Marks Square and a girl sitting at a table in Venice.’
    • ‘I looked to my feet, then across at my downcast companion.’
    • ‘For a day he was downcast but soon he was talking about auditioning for a local production of ‘Brigadoon.’’
    • ‘It's not often that anything wipes the cheery grin off his face but he was downcast on learning the bad news that his finger was broken.’
    • ‘Yet marvels of all, we saw no crying women or downcast men.’
    • ‘The Black Cap depicts a downcast figure swallowed by a voluminous skirt that occupies the entire lower surface of the painting.’
    • ‘Around the corner, with the rest of the Celtic fans, Sean is downcast about the 3-2 win for Rangers, but sure his team can bounce back.’
    • ‘Three months ago he returned from Australia and then the World Cup a downcast cricketer.’
    • ‘The council and officers were very downcast, but decided to keep trying for the long-term benefit of the town.’
    • ‘Salmond's first two weeks of the campaign, however, have brought some much-needed good heart to many of its still downcast members.’
    • ‘A woman who appears to be a downcast person who lives under bridges, turns out to be has a metamorphose into a princess and has a regal personage.’
    • ‘The huge crowd at Colbert Station was an instant spur to the downcast players some of whom quickly wiped away the tears to savour what proved to be a memorable occasion.’
    • ‘It is the same scene with the crucial difference that the young farmer has disappeared, leaving the hesitant, downcast girl still dangling her straw hat, its ribbons stirring gently in the breeze.’
    • ‘One early morning a few weeks ago, I noticed a downcast boy alone in the park kicking a can.’
    despondent, disheartened, discouraged, dispirited, downhearted, low-spirited, in low spirits, hopeless, cast down, crestfallen, down, low, disconsolate, in despair, despairing, wretched, oppressed
    sad, melancholy, gloomy, glum, morose, doleful, dismal, woebegone, miserable, depressed, dejected, distressed, sorrowful
    defeatist, pessimistic
    blue, down in the mouth, down in the dumps, as sick as a parrot
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  • A shaft dug in a mine for extra ventilation.

    • ‘The probable explanation is, that the return air was leaking across into the downcast shaft at various levels.’
    mineshaft, tunnel, passage, pit, adit, downcast, upcast
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