crest·​fall·​en | \ ˈkrest-ˌfȯ-lən How to pronounce crestfallen (audio) \

Definition of crestfallen

1 : having a drooping crest or hanging head
2 : feeling shame or humiliation : dejected After losing the playoff game, the team was crestfallen.

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Other Words from crestfallen

crestfallenly adverb
crestfallenness \ ˈkrest-​ˌfȯ-​lən-​nəs How to pronounce crestfallenness (audio) \ noun

Examples of crestfallen in a Sentence

she was crestfallen when she found out she hadn't got the job
Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant — still in the throes of a transformation after Bocuse’s death — issued a crestfallen statement on Friday. James Mcauley,, "France is aghast as an iconic restaurant loses its third Michelin star," 18 Jan. 2020 Egerton passed Murphy’s table, where he was caught looking crestfallen and doing a polite golf-clap. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "At the Wild and Unpredictable Golden Globes, Elton John Reigns Over Beyonce and Taylor Swift," 6 Jan. 2020 At the first Bayreuth Festival, in 1876, Nietzsche was crestfallen to discover that a viable theatre operation required the patronage of the nouveau riche and the fashionable. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Nietzsche’s Eternal Return," 7 Oct. 2019 Kathy Willens/Associated Press The Arizona Diamondbacks were not exactly crestfallen on Tuesday when the out-of-town scoreboard atop Citi Field showed the Los Angeles Dodgers with an early lead in Baltimore. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Diamondbacks Thrive With ‘a Nothing-to-Lose Attitude’," 11 Sep. 2019 Cheerful smiles became sullen expressions on the faces of crestfallen scientists and engineers. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "'Failure is part of the game': Indian spacecraft presumed lost after moon landing attempt," 7 Sep. 2019 Less shocked than crestfallen, Grace incapacitates the kid with a punch. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "“Ready or Not,” a Screwball Take on the Hide-And-Seek Slasher Film," 24 Aug. 2019 The result is by no means a must-play game for anyone who is crestfallen with video games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokemon Let’s Go: Well, I guess my adult ass is going to collect them all," 16 Nov. 2018 The crestfallen yet determined Litchfield community, now at the mercy of guards with revenge on their minds, has been shaken to the core. Candice Frederick, Teen Vogue, ""Orange is the New Black" Season 6 Has the Women Striving for Peace and Community More Than Ever," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of crestfallen

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crestfallen

see crest entry 1

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The first known use of crestfallen was in 1589

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2 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crestfallen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crestfallen

: very sad and disappointed


crest·​fall·​en | \ ˈkrest-ˌfȯ-lən How to pronounce crestfallen (audio) \

Kids Definition of crestfallen

: feeling disappointment and loss of pride

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