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[chop-faw-luh n, chap-] /ˈtʃɒpˌfɔ lən, ˈtʃæp-/
dispirited; chagrined; dejected.
Also, chopfallen.
Origin of chapfallen
1590-1600; chap3 + fallen Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • During the whole course of my Life I had never seen a man at first so chapfallen; and then so furiously indignant.

  • For so chapfallen was I that I wished nothing better than that he should do his worst with me.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • The farmers of Fox County told each other in chapfallen appreciation that she was about as level-headed as they make them.

    The Imperialist (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • The soldiers were chapfallen, gazing at one another in a questioning way.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • There was a moment of chapfallen silence on the part of Harry Stride.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • I can't describe to you how chapfallen and angry my cousin looked.

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • Mr Bloom, chapfallen, drew behind a few paces so as not to overhear.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Thereat he was chapfallen, but wishing nevertheless to hearten his good wife.

    The Legend of Ulenspiegel Charles de Coster
  • They joined our party later in the day, rendering a chapfallen account of their detached service.

British Dictionary definitions for chapfallen


dejected; downhearted; crestfallen
Word Origin
C16: from chops + fallen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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