down·​cast | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌkast How to pronounce downcast (audio) \

Definition of downcast

1 : low in spirit : dejected
2 : directed downward with downcast eyes

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Synonyms for downcast


bowed, down, downward, lowered

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Examples of downcast in a Sentence

There were a lot of downcast faces in the crowd. her downcast gaze made us realize that she was shy

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The Retrievers’ postgame locker room, while far from jubilant, was not quite as downcast as other locker rooms on the losing end of a game in a single-elimination tournament tend to be. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "After Beating No. 1, U.M.B.C. Falls to a No. 9," 18 Mar. 2018 Seated in a Guadalajara hotel lounge last March, a downcast Brian Schmetzer divulged the bare and brutal truth of what lay ahead. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "How Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer held his record-setting team together through dark times," 30 Oct. 2018 Depressive episodes involve having a downcast mood lasting at least two weeks. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Bipolar Disorder Treatments You Should Know About," 30 Nov. 2018 The downcast melody brings to mind the early, fragile work of his contemporary Elliott Smith. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘WARM’ by Jeff Tweedy Review: The Sweet Spot Between Personal and Universal," 28 Nov. 2018 Yet as guests made their way to a champagne-soaked after-party Ms. Chiuri looked downcast. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "A Woman’s Rodeo, Designed by Dior," 26 May 2018 But a large share of voters remain undecided, and despite his often downcast rhetoric, his message of revival is giving Connecticut voters hope that the sun will shine again. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Connecticut Voters Wonder Who’ll Stop the Rain," 5 Oct. 2018 As the President launched unprompted into a tirade about Mueller and the FBI, Bolton and other national security officials sat stone-faced, some with their eyes downcast. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Facing Trump: Syria. North Korea. Japan. France. Germany.," 10 Apr. 2018 Emily, arguably the most stoic character on The Handmaid's Tale, is able to limit all fear and discomfort to subtle facial ticks, like widening eyes and downcast glances., "Meet Commander Lawrence, The Most Destabilizing Presence On The Handmaid's Tale," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of downcast

1521, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of downcast

: not happy, confident, or hopeful
of eyes : looking downward


down·​cast | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌkast How to pronounce downcast (audio) \

Kids Definition of downcast

1 : sad sense 1 a downcast face
2 : directed down downcast eyes

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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