gratifying; rewarding; satisfying: a heartwarming response to his work.

Origin of heartwarming

First recorded in 1895–1900; heart + warming
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Contemporary Examples of heart-warming

Historical Examples of heart-warming

  • With this heart-warming word of approval, they went in to dinner.

    Carolyn of the Corners

    Ruth Belmore Endicott

  • It was all beautiful and heart-warming, but it had to be paid for.

    Julia Ward Howe

    Laura E. Richards

  • It is one of the most heart-warming things in the world to get these letters and to answer them.

    Wings and the Child

    E. [Edith] Nesbit

  • There were nights of wholesome, heart-warming merriment and the singing of old songs.

    The Pioneers

    Katharine Susannah Prichard

  • Why should this fierce new hunger for one friendly, honest, heart-warming smile of liking and welcome gnaw at his heart?


    Leona Dalrymple

British Dictionary definitions for heart-warming



pleasing; gratifying
emotionally moving
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Word Origin and History for heart-warming



1899, from heart + present participle of warm (v.).

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