dejected; dispirited; discouraged.
having a drooping crest or head.

1580–90; crest + fallen

crestfallenly, adverb
crestfallenness, noun Unabridged
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crestfallen (ˈkrɛstˌfɔːlən)
dejected, depressed, or disheartened

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The crestfallen troops finally filed off the field toward their company grounds.
They lingered too long in the saloons, blew their grubstakes, and returned crestfallen to the towns.
At this stage, crestfallen and fearful of what the resistants might do to them, they were a dreary looking lot.
The crestfallen apprentice spent several moments of contrition and then he made up his mind to get out of town.
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