[ doun-hahr-tid ]
See synonyms for: downhearteddownheartedness on

Origin of downhearted

First recorded in 1645–55; down1 + hearted

Other words for downhearted

Other words from downhearted

  • down·heart·ed·ly, adverb
  • down·heart·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use downhearted in a sentence

  • Poar modist, down-hearted little Ferdinand adoured my lady as a goddice!

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush | William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Despite their more favorable surroundings, we soon discovered that our two countrywomen were as down-hearted as ourselves.

    Italian Days and Ways | Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
  • So he felt a little down-hearted when orders came for a detail from Company K to turn out for picket duty.

    The Blue and The Gray | A. R. White
  • Did n't you tell Miss Helen not to lie down-hearted, because there were better days in store for us?

  • He says the slaves did not appear to be in the least down-hearted, on the contrary, they were jolly and gay.

    Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa | Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for downhearted


/ (ˌdaʊnˈhɑːtɪd) /

  1. discouraged; dejected

Derived forms of downhearted

  • downheartedly, adverb
  • downheartedness, noun

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