having or showing a generous heart; magnanimous.
high-spirited; courageous; fearless: greathearted defense of liberty.

Origin of greathearted

1350–1400; Middle English grete hartyd
Related formsgreat·heart·ed·ly, adverbgreat·heart·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for great-hearted

Historical Examples of great-hearted

  • We are bound to be hopeful, nor wrong our great-hearted father.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He was broad-minded, great-hearted enough not to censure the girl by word or act.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • He was my great-hearted, great-souled teacher, father and friend.

  • A startling creed, this; but what a bold and great-hearted one!

    From a Cornish Window

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • And the noosepapers said he was a great-hearted phillyanthropist.

    Tom Gerrard

    Louis Becke

British Dictionary definitions for great-hearted



benevolent or noble; magnanimous
Derived Formsgreat-heartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for great-hearted

late 14c., from great + hearted.

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