heartstrings

[ hahrt-stringz ]
/ ˈhɑrtˌstrɪŋz /
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plural noun

the deepest feelings; the strongest affections: to tug at one's heartstrings.

Nearby words

  1. heartsink,
  2. heartsome,
  3. heartsomely,
  4. heartsore,
  5. heartstopper,
  6. heartthrob,
  7. heartwarming,
  8. heartwood,
  9. heartworm,
  10. hearty

Origin of heartstrings

First recorded in 1475–85; heart + strings

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British Dictionary definitions for heartstrings

heartstrings

/ (ˈhɑːtˌstrɪŋz) /

pl n

often facetious deep emotions or feelings

Word Origin for heartstrings

C15: originally referring to the tendons supposed to support the heart

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Word Origin and History for heartstrings

heartstrings

n.

late 15c., originally literal, in old anatomy theory "the tendons and nerves that brace the heart;" from heart + string (n.). Transferred and figurative sense from 1590s.

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