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[hahrt-sik] /ˈhɑrtˌsɪk/
extremely depressed or unhappy.
Origin of heartsick
First recorded in 1520-30; heart + sick1
Related forms
heartsickening, adjective
heartsickness, noun
dejected, sick-at-heart, despondent, dispirited. Unabridged
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  • I was so disappointed and hurt and heartsick, and he kissed me and soothed me.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • heartsick with the knowing, he observed Raoul Beardsley and remembered!

    We're Friends, Now Henry Hasse
  • heartsick, he turned south, and followed the silver stream of the Hudson.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • A sense of shame at such conduct made me faint and heartsick.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • The girl was fatigued with turbulent emotions, lonely and heartsick.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • It was not the aged and heartsick alone who lay down here to rest.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • She was too heartsick to speak; she drew closer to him with a mute caress.

    We Two Edna Lyall
British Dictionary definitions for heartsick


deeply dejected or despondent
Derived Forms
heartsickness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heartsick

"despondent," late 14c., from heart + sick. Old English heortseoc meant "ill from heart disease."

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