Definition of downcast in English:



  • 1(of a person's eyes) looking downwards.

    ‘her modestly downcast eyes’
    • ‘The lady in waiting was silent, with downcast eyes and a broken spirit.’
    • ‘Chloe raised her blue downcast eyes and stared up at the young woman who had appeared in front of the breakfast table.’
    • ‘Simple St George listens with downcast eyes before the ancient hermit's gaze harrowed by visions; abashed, although he has accomplished more.’
    • ‘Since her eyes were usually downcast, it could be slightly disconcerting when she raised them and looked at you directly.’
    • ‘Or Binodini of ‘Choker Bali’ whose downcast eyes promised the quiet glow of life after sunset, and the raised ones the joy of sunshine after a gloomy shower?’
    • ‘Bond noticed that he had not enquired his own name and finally volunteered with downcast eye, ‘My name is Gerda.’’
    • ‘Her downcast eyes rise to meet the men of the Coventry household, first the handsome young brothers, then the filthy-rich uncle.’
    • ‘His eyes are always downcast, he never lifts his glance.’
    • ‘With his cane, his downcast eyes, and bandy legged gait, he is the antithesis of Hollywood muscle-bound steroid cases.’
    • ‘There will be applause, appropriate blushing and downcast eyes on my part, followed by an incredible job offer.’
    • ‘The exchanged looks, downcast eyes, or brutal and grim determination of the guards all make this film seem real.’
    • ‘He probably didn't see his demise coming until Sulzberger's downcast eyes telegraphed it to him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I studied her downcast eyes and continued: ‘Who did these then?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘He was downtown and got jumped,’ he replied with downcast eyes.’
    • ‘Eyes are usually downcast, focused elsewhere.’
    • ‘She is almost always shown in profile and never engages the viewer, but with downcast eyes she seems intensely self-absorbed or excessively demure.’
  • 2(of a person) feeling despondent.

    ‘you mustn't be downcast’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mood of the people was downcast after Australia notched up a whopping 359.’
    • ‘There comes a definitive moment at the end of every Super Bowl when exuberant and downcast fans alike know when to shut off the TV, or at least change the channel.’
    • ‘Yet marvels of all, we saw no crying women or downcast men.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a day he was downcast but soon he was talking about auditioning for a local production of ‘Brigadoon.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Salmond's first two weeks of the campaign, however, have brought some much-needed good heart to many of its still downcast members.’
    • ‘He was alternately downcast and defiant, becoming more animated in his exchanges with the judge as the hearing went on.’
    • ‘It's not often that anything wipes the cheery grin off his face but he was downcast on learning the bad news that his finger was broken.’
    • ‘The council and officers were very downcast, but decided to keep trying for the long-term benefit of the town.’
    • ‘One early morning a few weeks ago, I noticed a downcast boy alone in the park kicking a can.’
    • ‘His winning photographs show a downcast girl in St Marks Square and a girl sitting at a table in Venice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brazil's players were downcast and apologised.’
    • ‘The Black Cap depicts a downcast figure swallowed by a voluminous skirt that occupies the entire lower surface of the painting.’
    • ‘Yet she was always downcast, antisocial, and she wrote the darkest poetry, which she shared with me.’
    • ‘I looked to my feet, then across at my downcast companion.’
    • ‘The little girl wasn't downcast for long, however, and she grabbed Peter's hand.’
    • ‘Three months ago he returned from Australia and then the World Cup a downcast cricketer.’
    despondent, disheartened, discouraged, dispirited, downhearted, low-spirited, in low spirits, hopeless, cast down, crestfallen, down, low, disconsolate, in despair, despairing, wretched, oppressed
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  • A shaft dug in a mine for extra ventilation.

    ‘The probable explanation is, that the return air was leaking across into the downcast shaft at various levels.’
    mineshaft, tunnel, passage, pit, adit, downcast, upcast
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