burdened with great sorrow, grief, or disappointment.

Origin of brokenhearted

First recorded in 1520–30
Related formsbro·ken·heart·ed·ly, adverbbro·ken·heart·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for brokenhearted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for broken-hearted

Contemporary Examples of broken-hearted

Historical Examples of broken-hearted

  • Margaret was in the palace, where Peter had been to see her twice, and found her broken-hearted.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • He was in the mood for it, being run-down and broken-hearted.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • Albine, broken-hearted, died among her loved flowers in the Paradou.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • I should be a broken-hearted woman if I did, and you don't want that, do you?

  • Pete would be a broken-hearted man, perhaps a wreck, perhaps—who knows?

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for broken-hearted



overwhelmed by grief or disappointment
Derived Formsbrokenheartedly, adverbbrokenheartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for broken-hearted

also brokenhearted, 1520s, from broken + hearted. Related: Broken-heartedly; broken-heartedness.

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