sorrowful; melancholy; dejected.

Origin of heavy-hearted

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
Related formsheav·y-heart·ed·ly, adverbheav·y-heart·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for heavy-hearted

depressed, sad-hearted, downcast.
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Examples from the Web for heavy-hearted

Historical Examples of heavy-hearted

  • She was worn, and altered, full of grief, and heavy-hearted; but the same to him.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Be no longer Brian the heavy-hearted; be, as thou ever art, Brian the brave!

    Historic Boys

    Elbridge Streeter Brooks

  • And then he called aloud: "Who sings of triumph to Brian the heavy-hearted?"

    Historic Boys

    Elbridge Streeter Brooks

  • Then at last he was gone, and she went about her heavy-hearted preparations for the night.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "I know that I did not tell you the truth," said the heavy-hearted man.

    Irish Fairy Tales

    James Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for heavy-hearted



sad; melancholy
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