Crestfallen



[krest-faw-luh n] /ˈkrɛstˌfɔ lən/

adjective
1.
dejected; dispirited; discouraged.
2.
having a drooping or head.
/ˈkrɛstˌfɔːlən/
adjective
1.
dejected, depressed, or disheartened
adj.

1580s, past participle adjective, but the verb crestfall is recorded only from 1610s, in reference to diseased horses, and is rare. It’s possible that the image behind this use of the word is not cocks, as often is asserted, but horses.

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