What is another word for hangdog?

Pronunciation: [hˈaŋdɒɡ] (IPA)

"Hangdog" is a term used to describe a person who appears dejected or ashamed. There are several synonyms that can be used to describe this emotion, including crestfallen, downcast, forlorn, and dispirited. These words all convey a sense of sadness or defeat, but may differ slightly in their connotations. For example, "crestfallen" suggests disappointment after having had high expectations, while "forlorn" suggests a sense of isolation or abandonment. "Downcast" may imply a physical drooping of the head or expression, while "dispirited" suggests a lack of energy or motivation. Regardless of which synonym is used, all convey a sense of sorrow or disappointment.

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What are the hypernyms for Hangdog?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for hangdog?

Hangdog is an adjective that describes a sad and dejected appearance. Some antonyms of the word hangdog are cheerful, elated, happy, and jubilant. These words describe a person who is full of joy and contentment. Another antonym for hangdog is confident, which represents someone who is self-assured and assured of their abilities. Self-confident people are optimistic about their future and are not easily disheartened by setbacks. Likewise, the word proud is an antonym of hangdog that denotes someone who has high self-esteem and is proud of their accomplishments. Striking a balance between these antonyms is a recipe for a fulfilling life.

Usage examples for Hangdog

She glanced over and saw his gray eyes were hangdog.
Thomas Hoover
It was no part of Marguerite's scheme to enroll D'Orsay and herself among these hangdog exiles.
Albert Payson Terhune
Pere Philibert and I, turning together, saw a man and a woman approaching, with hangdog looks, and a priest between them-the Cure of Ambialet-who seemed to be exhorting them by turns to keep up their courage.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories"
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Famous quotes with Hangdog

  • Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French. One of the things which Gertrude Butterwick had impressed on Monty Bodkin when he left for his holiday on the Riviera was that he must be sure to practise his French, and Gertrude’s word was law. So now, though he knew that it was going to make his nose tickle, he said: ‘Er, garçon.’ ‘M’sieur?’ ‘Er, garçon, esker-vous avez un spot de l’encre et une piece de papier—note papier, vous savez—et une envelope et une plume.’ The strain was too great. Monty relapsed into his native tongue. ‘I want to write a letter,’ he said. And having, like all lovers, rather a tendency to share his romance with the world, he would probably have added ‘to the sweetest girl on earth’, had not the waiter already bounded off like a retriever, to return a few moments later with the fixings. ‘V’la, sir! Zere you are, sir,’ said the waiter. He was engaged to a girl in Paris who had told him that when on the Riviera he must be sure to practise his English. ‘Eenk—pin—pipper—enveloppe—and a liddle bit of bloddin-pipper.’ ‘Oh, merci,’ said Monty, well pleased at this efficiency. ‘Thanks. Right-ho.’ ‘Right-ho, m’sieur,’ said the waiter.
    P. G. Wodehouse

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