down in the mouth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj down in the mouth filled with melancholy and despondency "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face","gloomy predictions","a gloomy silence","took a grim view of the economy","the darkening mood","lonely and blue in a strange city","depressed by the loss of his job","a dispirited and resigned expression on her face","downcast after his defeat","feeling discouraged and downhearted"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Down in the mouth chapfallen; of dejected countenance; depressed; discouraged.
    • Down in the mouth chopfallen; dejected.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Down in the mouth in low spirits
    • Down in the mouth out of spirits: despondent
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Idioms

Down in the mouth - If someone is down in the mouth, they look unhappy or depressed.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mĂșth; Ger. mund, Dut. mond.

Usage

In literature:

The orderly-sergeant had got his mouth at the speaking-tube, in the act of sending down a message; he did not see him hit.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Still the dwarf was not so down in the mouth.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
It is carried on in winter at the edge of the sands, far down at the mouth of the river.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
He fell down in the market-place, and foam'd at mouth, and was speechless.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
His lips parted and the corners of his mouth pulled down in a grimace of pain and disgust.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Rover took the handle in his mouth, trotted down the path to the road and turned toward the village.
"Bobby of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
Consequently the family looks glum, down in the mouth, utterly unhappy.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
The corners of his mouth drew down in triumph.
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
Down in the deserted meadow, the little donkey opens his mouth creakingly, and throws forth a lonesome bray.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
Then we cross the river, and go down into camp for the night on some rocks, in the mouth of the little side canon.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various
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In poetry:

At midnight, down to the waiting skiff
She stole in the shadow of the cliff;
And out of the Bay's mouth ran
The schooner with maid and man.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"And one" she said "was tall and slim,
Two crimson rose leaves made his mouth,
And I was fain to follow him
Down to his village in the South.
"Yasmini" by Laurence Hope
Tripping fantastic with a mouth that jeers
At roseal flowers of youth the turbid streams
Toss in derision down the barren years
To death the host of all our golden dreams.
"Saint Germain-En-Laye" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
The wine of many seasons fed
Thy mouth, and made it fair and clean;
Sweet oil was poured out on thy head
And ran down like cool rain between
The strait close locks it melted in.
"Aholibah" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Jim was born in the snow-capped Rockies,
Where the north winds blow down from the south,
With the cold he was blue, for the icicles grew,
Through his ears and came out of his mouth.
"A Tale Of The Rockies" by Billy Bennett
And SOMERS sighed in sorrow as he settled in the south,
For the thought of PETER'S oysters brought the water to his mouth.
He longed to lay him down upon the shelly bed, and stuff:
He had often eaten oysters, but had never had enough.
"Etiquette" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

I WAS in one of those down-at-the-mouth moods one morning last week as my cab tore down Fifth Avenue, when a horse-chestnut tree hailed me from Central Park.
Air is breathed in through the nasal cavity and/or mouth and down through the throat (the pharynx).
The color photo, which was released months ago in black-and-white form, shows Zimmerman's swollen and bruised nose with blood dripping down his mouth.
In December 1862, Gen Sherman's forces, after incorporating the 16th Ohio, moved down the Mississippi River on transports, arriving at the mouth of the Yazoo River on Christmas.
A Portuguese coastguard walks down a pier as large waves crash at the Douro's river mouth in Porto, Portugal, Sunday Oct 10, 2010.
Traditionally, the Hoh moved their settlements up and down the river as it meandered, but that movement stopped in 1893, when President Garfield confined the tribe to a less than one-square-mile plot of land at the mouth of the river.
Usually end up trying to tear it open with my teeth, resulting in a squirt of ketchup in my mouth, or down the front of my new white, button-down-the-front shirt.
I dreamt that WGR got shut down and I punched both Jeremy White and Mike Schopp square in the mouth at an area McDonalds.
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