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[hahrt-suh m] /ˈhɑrt səm/
adjective, Chiefly Scot.
giving cheer, spirit, or courage:
a heartsome wine.
cheerful; spirited.
Origin of heartsome
First recorded in 1560-70; heart + -some1
Related forms
heartsomely, adverb
heartsomeness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In a moment the flames began a heartsome sound, and the scarlet rays went climbing and racing over the twigs.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • But the hope of it in the end is a heartsome convoy in the way.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • But it was not a heartsome sight, and we turned our rein and rode away, weary and sad within.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • I could sit all day and listen to the hearty and heartsome ha!

  • Ony way, they were like in spirit; the very look of them was heartsome in a house.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • But it was heartsome work, for they were surely pushing the fire in upon itself.

    The Shepherd of the North Richard Aumerle Maher
  • It is, indeed, a rare and heartsome place to bide in on a summer's day.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • "I was a fool that I didn't come out before," she said, with her heartsome laugh.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Where the shade lies dim and gray, Turn its glad and heartsome ray.

    The Silver Crown Laura E. Richards
  • Her heartsome cheery voice penetrated deeper into the poor old soul than anything had done in a long while.

    Helen Grant's Schooldays Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for heartsome


adjective (mainly Scot)
cheering or encouraging: heartsome news
gay; cheerful
Derived Forms
heartsomely, adverb
heartsomeness, noun
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