Definition of out of countenance in US English:

out of countenance


  • Disconcerted or unpleasantly surprised.

    ‘I put him clean out of countenance just by looking at him’
    • ‘Our people, who discovered the cause of my mirth, bore me company in laughing, at which the old fellow was fool enough to be angry and out of countenance.’
    • ‘Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance, and make a seeming impossibility give way.’
    • ‘But when the men appear who ask our votes as representatives of this ideal, we are sadly out of countenance.’
    • ‘Don Quixote, covered with shame and out of countenance, ran to pluck the plume from his poor jade's tail, while Sancho did the same for Dapple.’
    • ‘He claimed to have chipped bits off the very outcrop of the California Rand, without finding it worth while to bring away, but none of these things put him out of countenance.’
    • ‘The fox was too wily to be put out of countenance by even such a surprise as this.’
    • ‘The slaves laughed and clapped their hands, so that my brother was quite out of countenance.’
    • ‘Never had I seen the man so put out of countenance and so disturbed.’
    • ‘And she burst into a loud laugh, thinking to put the clerk out of countenance; but Malicorne sustained the attack bravely.’
    • ‘Let death itself stare him in the face, he will presumptuously maintain his hope, as if he would look the grim messenger out of countenance.’