from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A decline to a lower status or level.
  • n. A feeling of disappointment or depression.
  • n. A cause of disappointment or depression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sudden drop to a lower status, condition or level; a disappointment or letdown
  • n. A calm, mellow period experienced after the initial high from taking drugs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A downfall; an humiliation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fall or downfall, in a figurative sense; a sudden change for the worse in one's circumstances; a set-back.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. decline to a lower status or level
  • v. be the essential element
  • v. get sick
  • v. fall from clouds
  • v. criticize or reprimand harshly
  • v. move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way


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  • In the language of railroad telegraphy, comedown stood for "Do not pay any commission". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906. Bummer, dude.

    January 21, 2013