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.

Other Words from crestfallen

crestfallenly adverb
crestfallenness \ ˈkrest-​ˌfȯ-​lən-​nəs How to pronounce crestfallen (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 Brian said his kids were glued to the postgame for Milwaukee's game two nights later against Brooklyn — and the boys were crestfallen that even though Giannis told another dad joke, the book wasn't present. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2022 Dickens was crestfallen when she was originally written off the show in season 4. Dalton Ross,, 3 Apr. 2022 His crestfallen girlfriend, Nora, a German, agrees to join them in following him, as does Akash, a trans woman from India who falls in love with Knut. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 In all fairness, many Black people — myself included — can’t differentiate between crestfallen whitefamous actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet (who might also be Scarlett Johansson). Michael Harriot, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2022 In short, the program’s 55,000 spots were significantly underused and many winners were left completely crestfallen. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Even so, the decision to cancel a festival that celebrates the natural wonder of sedge warblers, ospreys, redwings and wigeons that are able to take to the skies carbon-free has left many fans crestfallen. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 Rogen stated something about Father Christmas’s nonexistence and took pleasure in the crestfallen look on Daley’s face that followed. Justin Caffier, Vulture, 14 Nov. 2021 Then came the Olympics, and a crestfallen Gobert in tears after France’s loss to the U.S. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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13 Apr 2022

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“Crestfallen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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