lacking sympathy or feeling; indifferent; unkind.

Origin of cold-hearted

First recorded in 1600–10
Related formscold·heart·ed·ly, adjectivecold-heart·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cold-hearted

Contemporary Examples of cold-hearted

Historical Examples of cold-hearted

  • You have heard me described as cold-hearted, calculating, selfish—'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Let the cold-hearted and the old say what they will, youth is the time for moral bravery.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • Which was a logical and cold-hearted way of looking at things.


    Harry Harrison

  • In fact, logical and cold-hearted could describe any Pyrran activity.


    Harry Harrison

  • This was the language of the cold-hearted foe, secure of superior power.

British Dictionary definitions for cold-hearted



lacking in feeling or warmth; unkind
Derived Formscold-heartedly, adverbcold-heartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cold-hearted

c.1600, from cold (adj.) + hearted. Originally in Shakespeare. Old English had cealdheort (adj.) "cruel."

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