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Origin of heartache

before 1000; Middle English hert ache, Old English heort ece; see heart, ache
Related formsheart·ach·ing, adjective
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  • True, there were hot days and restless nights, weary feet, and now and then a heartache.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He himself had gone through loneliness and heartache, and the shadow was still on him.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • If I'd seen you caring for Monny, I should have found some medicine to cure my heartache.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • War and suffering and heartache and trouble seemed a long, long way off.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And then, alone once more, all his misery and heartache returned.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for heartache


  1. intense anguish or mental suffering
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Word Origin and History for heartache

Old English heortece, in the sense of a physical pain; c.1600 in sense of "anguish of mind;" from heart + ache. Old English did, however, have heartsarnes "grief," literally "heart-soreness."

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