an unexpected or humiliating descent from dignity, importance, or wealth.

Origin of comedown

First recorded in 1555–65; noun use of verb phrase come down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for comedown

Historical Examples of comedown

  • They say it is fine and homelike there, but it will surely be some comedown after Rue Brea.

  • Poor Peggy—it was rather a comedown after her fairy visions.

    Little Miss Peggy

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • And at Anagni he may certainly rest for the night, though his quarters may be a comedown not only from Rome but from Velletri.

    Studies of Travel: Italy

    Edward A. Freeman

  • There was a comedown now of feathered hats, and point collars, and curled hair; and leathern jerkin should have its day.

    The Pigeon Pie

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • I mean to land up in Minsk, working in a grubby little factory is quite a comedown.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for comedown



a decline in position, status, or prosperity
informal a disappointment
slang a depressed or unexcited state

verb come down (intr, adverb)

to come to a place regarded as lower
to lose status, wealth, etc (esp in the phrase to come down in the world)
to reach a decisionthe report came down in favour of a pay increase
(often foll by to) to be handed down or acquired by tradition or inheritance
British to leave college or university
(foll by with) to succumb (to illness or disease)
(foll by on) to rebuke or criticize harshly
(foll by to) to amount in essence (to)it comes down to two choices
slang to lose the effects of a drug and return to a normal or more normal state
Australian informal (of a river) to flow in flood
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