downcast

[ doun-kast, -kahst ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌkæst, -ˌkɑst /

adjective

directed downward, as the eyes.
dejected in spirit; depressed.

noun

overthrow or ruin.
a downward look or glance.
a shaft down which air passes, as into a mine (opposed to upcast).

Nearby words

  1. down-market,
  2. down-the-line,
  3. down-to-earth,
  4. downbeat,
  5. downburst,
  6. downcastly,
  7. downcome,
  8. downcomer,
  9. downcourt,
  10. downcurved

Origin of downcast

First recorded in 1250–1300, downcast is from the Middle English word douncasten. See down1, cast

Related formsdown·cast·ly, adverbdown·cast·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for downcast

downcast

/ (ˈdaʊnˌkɑːst) /

adjective

dejected
(esp of the eyes) directed downwards

noun

mining a ventilation shaft
geology another word for downthrow
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Word Origin and History for downcast

downcast

adj.

c.1600, from past participle of obsolete verb downcast (c.1300), from down (adv.) + cast (v.). Literal at first; figurative sense is 1630s.

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