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[oh-puh n-hahr-tid] /ˈoʊ pənˈhɑr tɪd/
unreserved, candid, or frank:
open-hearted advice.
kindly; benevolent:
an open-hearted gift to charity.
Origin of open-hearted
First recorded in 1605-15
Related forms
open-heartedly, adverb
open-heartedness, noun Unabridged
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  • D'Alembert was simple, open-hearted, unpresuming, and cheerful in society.

  • That she had—her memory, and Gaspare's loyal, open-hearted devotion.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Could she ever be worthy of the pure, honest-minded, open-hearted, noble Harry?

    Clara Maynard W.H.G. Kingston
  • In his open-hearted, manly way he trusted to his friend's judgment.

    Under the Rebel's Reign Charles Neufeld
  • The most brave men are often the most gentle; the most trustful are frank and open-hearted.

    Hubert's Wife

    Minnie Mary Lee
  • For my brother is away—that most open-hearted and affectionate of men.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • She did not seem to need the comforts of condolence and open-hearted talking.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for open-hearted


kindly and warm
disclosing intentions and thoughts clearly; candid
Derived Forms
open-heartedly, adverb
open-heartedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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