crest·​fall·​en | \ˈkrest-ˌfȯ-lən \

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 \ noun

Examples of crestfallen in a Sentence

she was crestfallen when she found out she hadn't got the job

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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 The crestfallen boys, confused by what seemed to be an attack on their patriotism, sullenly went back to their meal. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 How, during every World Cup since 1966, have the England team managed to leave their whole nation crestfallen?, "On This Day: 14th June - England Succumb to West Germany in Classic Quarter Final," 14 June 2018 The men are crestfallen, especially Connor, who knows his number is up. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 6 Recap: Is Now Really The Time For A "Debate"?," 3 July 2018 The one-hander while getting both feet down near the end of the first half gave Seattle a 23-3 lead at crestfallen Atlanta. Peter King,, "NFC Is About to Get Real," 11 Nov. 2013 Colombia was knocked out and a crestfallen Bacca plunged to the grass in Moscow. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 No one seems more crestfallen about that than Rudd, who spends the movie trying to light a spark that the filmmaking keeps dousing. Ty Burr,, "When baseball and espionage played on the same team," 20 June 2018 Ryan arrives sans banjo, and Becca seems crestfallen. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Premiere Recap: Not Gonna Say It," 29 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of crestfallen

: very sad and disappointed


crest·​fall·​en | \ˈkrest-ˌfȯ-lən \

Kids Definition of crestfallen

: feeling disappointment and loss of pride

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