American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being in low spirits; dejected and disheartened.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the lower chap or jaw depressed; hence, dejected; dispirited; silenced; chagrined.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the lower chap or jaw drooping, -- an indication of humiliation and dejection; crestfallen; discouraged. See chopfallen.
- adj. brought low in spirit
- chap + fallen (Wiktionary)
- From obsolete chaps, alteration of chops. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Regulators looked very tame and "chapfallen" for a day or two; and”
“To wit: "And yet," says he, all chapfallen, "I fear me he will find occasion to clatter at my lady's ear, and mow and girn for his cracked pate to move her pity - and seest thou, father, it will look ill for me, a tenant oppressed crying Justice! and I can do nowt for him, wanting power at hand, and but the bailiff.”
“The priest seemed somewhat chapfallen at her answer.”
“We departed: poor Sam perfectly silent and chapfallen; and I meditating on the wisdom of the half-pay philosopher, and wondering what means he would employ to rescue Pogson from his fate.”
“Mr Bloom, chapfallen, drew behind a few paces so as not to overhear.”
“Don Quixote was getting up to chastise him, but he took to his heels at such a pace that no one attempted to follow him; and mightily chapfallen was Don Quixote at Andres 'story, and the others had to take great care to restrain their laughter so as not to put him entirely out of countenance.”
“Something, however, I fear me, must have gone wrong, for he certainly sallied forth, after no very great interval, with an air quite desolate and chapfallen. —”
“As for the young rufflers and simple tradesmen who had come out with visions of rattling their winnings on the way home to their wives, they were herded into the gatehouse to be chided, warned, and sent home chapfallen, with very little in their pockets.”
“Cells! quo 'he," looking chapfallen up the stairway, as if for something there behind his escaped prisoner.”
“County told each other in chapfallen appreciation that she was about as level-headed as they make them.”
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