- dejected; dispirited; discouraged.
- having a drooping crest or head.
Origin of crestfallen
Examples from the Web for crestfallen
Also attending was Regan, who told investigators the president had been “crestfallen” at hearing about the diversion.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
Finally, just before the tenth stanza, a crestfallen Alvarado whispered that he was done.Boxers, Be Brave and Quit Before Your Brain Turns to Mush
October 25, 2013
"We really wanted stainless," says the crestfallen pair, and trudge back out the door.Beyond Stainless
October 19, 2012
"I've not the least objection," said the crestfallen Parson basely.
So, whenever I met him, I defied him to do it; and he sloped off crestfallen, I can tell you.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
O'Rourke's crestfallen air stirred the sympathetic Souza's pity.The Snare
"Ah, never look so glum," she cried, smiling now at his crestfallen air.Love-at-Arms
It appeared to my crestfallen perception that he meant to keep the window all to himself.A Set of Six
- dejected, depressed, or disheartened
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.