Adjective "downcast" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person's eyes) looking downwards.
  1. 'Chloe raised her blue downcast eyes and stared up at the young woman who had appeared in front of the breakfast table.'
  2. 'Many times in the film, an arched eyebrow, a downcast eye (followed by a POV shot), or wrinkled, furrowed brow says a lot more than the witty bon mots that the cast members like to throw about.'
  3. 'With his cane, his downcast eyes, and bandy legged gait, he is the antithesis of Hollywood muscle-bound steroid cases.'
  4. 'Her downcast eyes rise to meet the men of the Coventry household, first the handsome young brothers, then the filthy-rich uncle.'
  5. 'The men we met walked past slow, unsmiling, with downcast eyes, as if the melancholy of an over-burdened earth had weighted their feet, bowed their shoulders, borne down their glances.'
  6. 'The simple, archaic gesture, a performance of downcast eyes and busy hands, puts across a feminist rereading of the woman's straightjacket.'
  7. 'Since her eyes were usually downcast, it could be slightly disconcerting when she raised them and looked at you directly.'
  8. 'The proper external conduct of the body - such as the wearing of the robe neatly, good deportment, downcast eyes, and observation of good behaviour - is frequently seen as evidence for a state of virtue.'
  9. 'Simple St George listens with downcast eyes before the ancient hermit's gaze harrowed by visions; abashed, although he has accomplished more.'
  10. 'There will be applause, appropriate blushing and downcast eyes on my part, followed by an incredible job offer.'
(of a person) feeling despondent.
  1. 'The Black Cap depicts a downcast figure swallowed by a voluminous skirt that occupies the entire lower surface of the painting.'
  2. 'The mood of the people was downcast after Australia notched up a whopping 359.'
  3. 'It is the same scene with the crucial difference that the young farmer has disappeared, leaving the hesitant, downcast girl still dangling her straw hat, its ribbons stirring gently in the breeze.'
  4. 'Three months ago he returned from Australia and then the World Cup a downcast cricketer.'
  5. 'He was alternately downcast and defiant, becoming more animated in his exchanges with the judge as the hearing went on.'
  6. 'Brazil's players were downcast and apologised.'
  7. 'Around the corner, with the rest of the Celtic fans, Sean is downcast about the 3-2 win for Rangers, but sure his team can bounce back.'
  8. 'A woman who appears to be a downcast person who lives under bridges, turns out to be has a metamorphose into a princess and has a regal personage.'
  9. 'The little girl wasn't downcast for long, however, and she grabbed Peter's hand.'
  10. 'The huge crowd at Colbert Station was an instant spur to the downcast players some of whom quickly wiped away the tears to savour what proved to be a memorable occasion.'


A shaft dug in a mine for extra ventilation.



    1. directed downward, as the eyes.

    2. dejected in spirit; depressed.


    3. overthrow or ruin.

    4. a downward look or glance.

    5. a shaft down which air passes, as into a mine (opposed to upcast).

    More examples(as adjective)

    "officials can be downcast at newses."

    "markets can be downcast since dates."

    "people can be downcast by bombings."

    "eyes can be downcast during muchs."

    "people can be downcast."

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