Origin of heart-whole

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75
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Examples from the Web for heart-whole

Historical Examples of heart-whole

  • But apart from this one episode she had reached the age of twenty-three heart-whole.

  • He had no right, by any law, to say it as a fact that Adela Gauntlet was not heart-whole.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • Be that as it may, Graham was still unmarried and heart-whole.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Take for your comfort, Auntie dear, that I am free an heart-whole.

    The Man

    Bram Stoker

  • I did not know then, dear—I was a mere girl—I accepted him heart-whole.

    Witness to the Deed

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for heart-whole


adjective rare
  1. not in love
  2. sincere
  3. stout-hearted
Derived Formsheart-wholeness, noun
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