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[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
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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
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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
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