crestfallen

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Etymology[edit]

From crest +‎ fallen, from the appearance of a horse and its position of head on its crest (chest) after defeat in a battle

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK): IPA(key): /ˈkrɛstfɔːlən/
  • (US): IPA(key): /ˈkrɛstfɔlən/
  • (cot-caught merger, Northern Cities Vowel Shift): IPA(key): /ˈkrɛstfɑlən/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

crestfallen (comparative more crestfallen, superlative most crestfallen)

  1. Sad because of a recent disappointment.
  2. Depressed.
  3. (obsolete, of a horse) Having the crest, or upper part of the neck, hanging to one side.

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1876 1887 1897 1908 1946 2010
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