- a person, event, or thing causing heartbreak.
Origin of heartbreaker
1655–65; heartbreak + -er1
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Examples from the Web for heartbreaker
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But Randy White's true story can be gleaned from his feverish proposal, and it's a heartbreaker.A Crime Writer Books Her Favorite Reads
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Its bad to learn hes a heartbreaker, but, after all, then theres all the more incentive to break his heart.
I soon noticed a man who was dancing with great assiduity, never stopping once--tall, swarthy, lively--a heartbreaker.Look Back on Happiness
- a person or thing that causes intense sadness or disappointment
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Word Origin and History for heartbreaker
1660s, originally "a fetching lock of hair;" of persons, from 1863; agent noun from heartbreak.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper