crest-fallen

crestfallen

[krest-faw-luhn]
adjective
1.
dejected; dispirited; discouraged.
2.
having a drooping crest or head.

Origin:
1580–90; crest + fallen

crestfallenly, adverb
crestfallenness, noun
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crestfallen (ˈkrɛstˌfɔːlən)
 
adj
dejected, depressed, or disheartened
 
'crestfallenly
 
adv

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crestfallen
1580s, pp. adj., but crestfall (v.) is recorded only from 1610s, in ref. to diseased horses, and is rare. It's possible that the image behind the use of the word is of horses, not cocks.
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