[hahrt-broh-kuh n]


crushed with sorrow or grief.

Origin of heartbroken

First recorded in 1580–90; heart + broken
Related formsheart·bro·ken·ly, adverbheart·bro·ken·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of heartbroken

Historical Examples of heartbroken

  • On the very threshold I stood arrested by that heartbroken cry of his.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Am I not heartbroken and wretched, without a hope or a future?

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • The Colonel was heartbroken, and the officers were savage and sullen.

  • A third time he struggled, weary, heartbroken, over that trail.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • Then came the reporters for copy which only this heartbroken woman could give.

British Dictionary definitions for heartbroken



suffering from intense grief
Derived Formsheartbrokenly, adverbheartbrokenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heartbroken

1580s, present participle of heartbreak.

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