heartache

[hahrt-eyk]
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noun

emotional pain or distress; sorrow; grief; anguish.

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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Examples from the Web for heartaching

Historical Examples of heartaching

  • At the end of that time I shall have finished my reading—yes, we will do it, and this heartaching will be over.


British Dictionary definitions for heartaching

heartache

noun

intense anguish or mental suffering
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Word Origin and History for heartaching

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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