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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for heavy-hearted
Historical Examples
  • She was worn, and altered, full of grief, and heavy-hearted; but the same to him.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • And then he called aloud: "Who sings of triumph to Brian the heavy-hearted?"

    Historic Boys

    Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • Be no longer Brian the heavy-hearted; be, as thou ever art, Brian the brave!

    Historic Boys

    Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • Then at last he was gone, and she went about her heavy-hearted preparations for the night.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "I know that I did not tell you the truth," said the heavy-hearted man.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • "I think—I think perhaps it's warm enough outside," he said, heavy-hearted.

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

    Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • But at any rate, mother declared that she was no longer "heavy-hearted."

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
  • "heavy-hearted, he never held spear or shield again," says the chronicle.

    The Normans Sarah Orne Jewett
  • heavy-hearted and full of foreboding, Matt dropped into a chair.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for heavy-hearted


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