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[hahrt-hohl] /ˈhɑrtˌhoʊl/
not in love.
wholehearted; sincere.
Origin of heart-whole
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • But apart from this one episode she had reached the age of twenty-three heart-whole.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • He had no right, by any law, to say it as a fact that Adela Gauntlet was not heart-whole.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • Be that as it may, Graham was still unmarried and heart-whole.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Take for your comfort, Auntie dear, that I am free an heart-whole.

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • I did not know then, dear—I was a mere girl—I accepted him heart-whole.

    Witness to the Deed George Manville Fenn
  • It was indeed the swan-song of the heart-whole and fancy-free—the swan-song of the unawakened.

    The Adventures of a Modest Man Robert W. Chambers
  • The world was to be made to believe she was happy and heart-whole.

  • She longed, with heart-whole earnestness, to be in love with someone, for as yet she was only in love with love.

    The Literary Sense E. Nesbit
  • Have no fears on my account, for I am as heart-whole as the day I first saw the lady.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Possessing that assurance, we shall be rich and heart-whole.

British Dictionary definitions for heart-whole


adjective (rare)
not in love
Derived Forms
heart-wholeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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