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[hahrt-broh-kuh n] /ˈhɑrtˌbroʊ kən/
crushed with sorrow or grief.
Origin of heartbroken
First recorded in 1580-90; heart + broken
Related forms
heartbrokenly, adverb
heartbrokenness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the dear nurse that was looking after the baby was heartbroken.

  • "But she sent a carving-knife at me first," said the heartbroken husband.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The heartbroken father was himself compelled to perform the ceremony.

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • Am I not heartbroken and wretched, without a hope or a future?

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • Beatrice took immediate possession of the front seat, that she might comfort her heartbroken young nephew.

    Her Prairie Knight B.M. Sinclair, AKA B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for heartbroken


suffering from intense grief
Derived Forms
heartbrokenly, adverb
heartbrokenness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heartbroken

1580s, present participle of heartbreak.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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