crest·​fall·​en ˈkrest-ˌfȯ-lən How to pronounce crestfallen (audio)
: having a drooping crest or hanging head
: feeling shame or humiliation : dejected
After losing the playoff game, the team was crestfallen.
crestfallenly adverb
crestfallenness 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 Perpetually drawn to the outdoors, from searching for bones amid post-WW2 rubble as a kid, to voyaging to Donovan’s Scottish commune by horse and carriage in her 20s, Bunyan long rooted her music’s roving spirit in a desire for physicality that’s muddy and crestfallen. Pitchfork, 20 Nov. 2023 But perhaps no one was as crestfallen as A.L.S. advocates, who lamented only that the F.D.A. had not yet shown them the same generosity. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 19 June 2023 But Shapovalov was both crestfallen and disappointed with Nadal, the Spanish champion whom Shapovalov first met as a nine-year-old ball boy during the Canadian Open in Montreal and then defeated, Hollywood-style, in the same city in their first match in 2017. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2022 Molitor, standing on deck when Manning delivered the hit, was the first one to greet the night's hero, but Brewers fans were crestfallen that Molitor didn't get one last shot to reach 40 games. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2023 Viewers from home couldn't help but take in Angela's crestfallen reaction. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 12 Mar. 2023 On Thursday, the Ginny & Georgia actress, 33, shared her reaction to the cliffhanger season two finale of the show, which saw a crestfallen Georgia arrested during her wedding for the murder of Cynthia Fuller's (Sabrina Grdevich) already dying husband, Tom. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 6 Jan. 2023 Hartford fans, however, were crestfallen. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 My child is crestfallen. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 See More

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Word History


see crest entry 1

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crestfallen was in 1589

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“Crestfallen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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crest·​fall·​en ˈkrest-ˌfȯ-lən How to pronounce crestfallen (audio)
: very sad and disappointed

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