[chop-faw-luh n, chap-]


dispirited; chagrined; dejected.

Origin of chapfallen

First recorded in 1590–1600; chap3 + fallen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chapfallen

Historical Examples of chapfallen

  • For so chapfallen was I that I wished nothing better than that he should do his worst with me.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The soldiers were chapfallen, gazing at one another in a questioning way.

    The Duel

    A. I. Kuprin

  • Mr Bloom, chapfallen, drew behind a few paces so as not to overhear.


    James Joyce

  • There was a moment of chapfallen silence on the part of Harry Stride.

    Forging the Blades

    Bertram Mitford

  • I can't describe to you how chapfallen and angry my cousin looked.

    Uncle Silas

    J. S. LeFanu

British Dictionary definitions for chapfallen




dejected; downhearted; crestfallen

Word Origin for chapfallen

C16: from chops + fallen
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