[oh-puh n-hahr-tid]


unreserved, candid, or frank: open-hearted advice.
kindly; benevolent: an open-hearted gift to charity.

Origin of open-hearted

First recorded in 1605–15
Related formso·pen-heart·ed·ly, adverbo·pen-heart·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of open-hearted

Historical Examples of open-hearted

  • D'Alembert was simple, open-hearted, unpresuming, and cheerful in society.

  • That she had—her memory, and Gaspare's loyal, open-hearted devotion.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Could she ever be worthy of the pure, honest-minded, open-hearted, noble Harry?

    Clara Maynard

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • In his open-hearted, manly way he trusted to his friend's judgment.

  • The most brave men are often the most gentle; the most trustful are frank and open-hearted.

    Hubert's Wife

    Minnie Mary Lee

British Dictionary definitions for open-hearted



kindly and warm
disclosing intentions and thoughts clearly; candid
Derived Formsopen-heartedly, adverbopen-heartedness, noun
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