- (UK): IPA(key): /ˈkɹɛstfɔːlən/
- (US): IPA(key): /ˈkɹɛstfɔlən/
- (cot-caught merger, Inland Northern American): IPA(key): /ˈkɹɛstfɑlən/
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- Sad because of a disappointment.
- 1897, H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells, chapter 12, in The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 904345282:
- Hall tried to convey everything by grimaces and dumb show, but Mrs. Hall was obdurate. She raised her voice. So Hall and Henfrey, rather crestfallen, tiptoed back to the bar, gesticulating to explain to her.
- 1995, Roger Lewis, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, page 743:
- And we can sense that, though permanently crestfallen, there is something in his nature, which makes him accept solitude, that is rather fearless.
- 2011, Peter Tremayne, The Chalice of Blood: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland, page 9:
- Brother Gáeth was a tall man with almost ugly features and a permanently crestfallen expression that made the elderly abbot immediately feel guilty that he had spoken so roughly.
- 2015, Alda de Jesus Oliveira, The PONTES Approach to Music Education: Learning to Reach Out:
- Diniz was a dark man who seemed closed in on himself, always crestfallen, walking along the walls and corners, answering questions with monosyllables and whispered sounds.
- 2021, James Bowring, Down in the Country: A Carlow Valley Mystery:
- He had short, dark hair, liberally flecked with silver-grey strands, heavily lidded brown eyes and a mouth that turned down at the edges, giving him a permanently crestfallen expression.
- (obsolete, of a horse) Having the crest, or upper part of the neck, hanging to one side.
- (sad because of a recent disappointment): disappointed, disillusioned
- (depressed): blue, dejected, despondent, depressed, downcast, down in the dumps, sorrowful
sad because of a recent disappointment