[ hev-ee-hahr-tid ]

  1. sorrowful; melancholy; dejected.

Origin of heavy-hearted

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

Other words for heavy-hearted

Other words from heavy-hearted

  • heav·y-heart·ed·ly, adverb
  • heav·y-heart·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby heavy-hearted

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How to use heavy-hearted in a sentence

  • I felt a little bit heavy-hearted about the gang, but not much, for I reckoned if they could stand it I could.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He vouchsafed no explanation, and Clem, though heavy-hearted with anxiety, asked no questions and attempted no dissuasion.

    The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
  • In the gathering dusk the heavy-hearted boy rode along the banks of the creek, anxiously looking out for some sign of settlers.

    The Boy Settlers | Noah Brooks
  • Walking heavy-hearted through the alley at Nora's heels, one last saving possibility occurred to Garth.

    The Gray Mask | Wadsworth Camp
  • Little wonder that we returned after two years of terrible privation, empty-handed and heavy-hearted.

    Riddle of the Storm | Roy J. Snell

British Dictionary definitions for heavy-hearted


  1. sad; melancholy

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