heartache

[ hahrt-eyk ]
/ ˈhɑrtˌeɪk /

noun

emotional pain or distress; sorrow; grief; anguish.

Nearby words

  1. heart-to-heart,
  2. heart-warming,
  3. heart-water,
  4. heart-whole,
  5. heart-wrenching,
  6. heartbeat,
  7. heartbreak,
  8. heartbreaker,
  9. heartbreaking,
  10. heartbreakingly

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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British Dictionary definitions for heartache

heartache

/ (ˈhɑːtˌeɪk) /

noun

intense anguish or mental suffering
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Word Origin and History for heartache

heartache

n.

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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