crestfallen

[ krest-faw-luh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF crestfallen
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"I've not the least objection," said the crestfallen Parson basely.

So, whenever I met him, I defied him to do it; and he sloped off crestfallen, I can tell you.'

O'Rourke's crestfallen air stirred the sympathetic Souza's pity.

"Ah, never look so glum," she cried, smiling now at his crestfallen air.

It appeared to my crestfallen perception that he meant to keep the window all to himself.

Chagrined, the lads looked at each other with crestfallen glances.

I was bitterly cast down, crestfallen, numbed with the blow of her refusal.

The sound of her cheery voice aroused him, and he started, guilty and crestfallen.

Susie looked at her crestfallen companions, and they looked at her.

Alfred was so crestfallen and ashamed that he could not bear to speak his own name.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, past participle adjective, but the verb crestfall is recorded only from 1610s, in reference to diseased horses, and is rare. It's possible that the image behind this use of the word is not cocks, as often is asserted, but horses.

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