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[hev-ee-hahr-tid] /ˈhɛv iˈhɑr tɪd/
sorrowful; melancholy; dejected.
Origin of heavy-hearted
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400
Related forms
heavy-heartedly, adverb
heavy-heartedness, noun
depressed, sad-hearted, downcast. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • My friend seemed to me distrait and heavy-hearted; his wife seemed to be pathetically affectionate and anxious.

    The Silent Isle Arthur Christopher Benson
  • And then he called aloud: "Who sings of triumph to Brian the heavy-hearted?"

    Historic Boys Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • The streets were dark and deserted, for the heavy-hearted people had nothing to call them out of their houses at that hour.

    Ahead of the Army W. O. Stoddard
  • Be no longer Brian the heavy-hearted; be, as thou ever art, Brian the brave!

    Historic Boys Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • But from the Eustis dinner, to which he went with my mother, he came home somber and heavy-hearted.

  • It would not have been like this heavy-hearted wise one to disregard it.

    Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • There she rested a little, with a weary, heavy-hearted dread of pursuing her journey further.

    Malaeska Ann S. Stephens
  • But at any rate, mother declared that she was no longer "heavy-hearted."

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
  • heavy-hearted and full of foreboding, Matt dropped into a chair.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
  • "heavy-hearted, he never held spear or shield again," says the chronicle.

    The Normans Sarah Orne Jewett
British Dictionary definitions for heavy-hearted


sad; melancholy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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