If your friend says something sarcastic to you unexpectedly when you are talking about something that makes you exited or your innermost feelings and makes you feel stupid. What's the most widely accepted idiom for your facial expression? Does your face falls or your face clouds over? Is there a more appropriate word that describes it?
Feel distressed or humiliated:
From 100 Words for Facial Expressions, by Mark Nichol, on dailywritingtips.com:
- Chagrined: humiliated or disappointed
From A Bit of Blue Ribbon, by Sarah Beaumont Kennedy, in Outing, Volume 27, 1896, page 5:
The girl with the parasol nodded, the marvelous blonde with the chagrined face merely turned her head.
From The Netherfield Affair, by Penelope Swan, 2015:
Elizabeth hid a smile as she saw Miss Bingley's chagrined face.
The text emoticon for chagrined is half grin; half grimace:
The emoticon immage:
Possibly "doleful" would be appropriate,
doleful adjective: expressing sorrow; mournful. "a doleful look"
synonyms: mournful, woeful, sorrowful, sad, unhappy, depressed, gloomy, morose, melancholy, miserable, forlorn, wretched, woebegone, despondent, dejected, disconsolate, downcast, crestfallen, downhearted. See, Google doleful
Or perhaps, "crestfallen",
crestfallen adjective: sad and disappointed. "he came back empty-handed and crestfallen"
synonyms: downhearted, downcast, despondent, disappointed. See, Google crestfallen
Richard Sherman following Butler's SB interception
I think "fall" would work but adding "in disappointment" would make it clearer:
The link also has some other options for both disappointment (FC122) and embarrassment (FC121, right above).
The answers to this question are very interesting... They all assume that the disappointed party is in a position to display genuine emotion. I have found that the normal response in this situation, if there are others present, is the (often pathetic) forced smile. (Think of the expressions of the losing nominees, when the Oscar winner is announced.)
The best answer is grimace
noun 1. a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.
"His face cringed" should be a good candidate, as show the many examples linked from Google Books. That would be after a painfully felt disappointment.
I like the colloquial term gobsmacked.
From That's Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us, by Erin Moore:
Every so often, a word comes along that means just what it sounds like. It may not be onomatopoetic, but even if you've never heard it before, you instantly get the idea. Gobsmacked is such a word. It means, figuratively, to be flabbergasted, amazed, or astounded. Literally, it means to be smacked in the mouth, as in the song “Gobsmacked” by Chumbawamba (“Outside the pub / Smack you in the gob /...