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).

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Origin of downcast

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

OTHER WORDS FROM downcast

down·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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