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[krest-faw-luh n] /ˈkrɛstˌfɔ lən/
dejected; dispirited; discouraged.
having a drooping crest or head.
Origin of crestfallen
1580-90; crest + fallen
Related forms
crestfallenly, adverb
crestfallenness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crestfallen
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for crestfallen


dejected, depressed, or disheartened
Derived Forms
crestfallenly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for crestfallen

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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