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[hahrt-suh m]
adjective Chiefly Scot.
  1. giving cheer, spirit, or courage: a heartsome wine.
  2. cheerful; spirited.
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Origin of heartsome

First recorded in 1560–70; heart + -some1
Related formsheart·some·ly, adverbheart·some·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for heartsome

Historical Examples

  • "Light's heartsome," quo' the wife when she was stealing sheep.

    The Letters of Robert Burns

    Robert Burns

  • But the hope of it in the end is a heartsome convoy in the way.

  • Ony way, they were like in spirit; the very look of them was heartsome in a house.


    Mrs. Oliphant

  • It is, indeed, a rare and heartsome place to bide in on a summer's day.

  • I could sit all day and listen to the hearty and heartsome ha!

British Dictionary definitions for heartsome


adjective mainly Scot
  1. cheering or encouragingheartsome news
  2. gay; cheerful
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Derived Formsheartsomely, adverbheartsomeness, noun
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