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crestfallen

[krest-faw-luh n] /ˈkrɛstˌfɔ lən/
adjective
1.
dejected; dispirited; discouraged.
2.
having a drooping crest or head.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; crest + fallen
Related forms
crestfallenly, adverb
crestfallenness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for crest-fallen

crestfallen

/ˈkrɛstˌfɔːlən/
adjective
1.
dejected, depressed, or disheartened
Derived Forms
crestfallenly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for crest-fallen

crestfallen

adj.

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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