Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[doun-hahr-tid] /ˈdaʊnˈhɑr tɪd/
dejected; depressed; discouraged.
Origin of downhearted
First recorded in 1645-55; down1 + hearted
Related forms
downheartedly, adverb
downheartedness, noun
downcast, despondent, disheartened, dispirited, sad, sorrowful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for down-hearted
Historical Examples
  • Now, when Yosépu is down-hearted, we always try eau-de-Cologne.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • But he guessed what was happening, and would often come to me and say, 'Don't get down-hearted.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • Thus they vied with each other in little attentions to the down-hearted man.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • But be not down-hearted about it, Jasper, I will see that thou art provided for.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
  • It was an anxious business, this inspection, and left me down-hearted.

  • "Don't be so down-hearted," she whispered, handing him a piece of corn-pone.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • "Oh, you must not be down-hearted, old lady," shouted Raynal.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • You are not down-hearted because we have had a bit of a venture or two?

    !Tention George Manville Fenn
  • “It is of no use to be down-hearted, Nat,” said my uncle the next morning.

    Nat the Naturalist G. Manville Fenn
  • "If you have anything before you to do, I will not be down-hearted," she said.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for down-hearted


discouraged; dejected
Derived Forms
downheartedly, adverb
downheartedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for down-hearted

also downhearted, 1774 (downheartedly is attested from 1650s), a figurative image from down (adv.) + hearted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for downhearted

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for down

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for down-hearted