[ oh-puhn-hahr-tid ]

  1. unreserved, candid, or frank: open-hearted advice.

  2. kindly; benevolent: an open-hearted gift to charity.

Origin of open-hearted

First recorded in 1605–15

Other words from open-hearted

  • o·pen-heart·ed·ly, adverb
  • o·pen-heart·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use open-hearted in a sentence

  • He said to me with ingenuous openheartedness: Your Quartetts will not do yet; they are far behind your Orchestral pieces!

  • But, as a rule, we received the very best they had to give, and with a fragrant openheartedness that sweetens memory.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife | Corra Harris

British Dictionary definitions for open-hearted


  1. kindly and warm

  2. disclosing intentions and thoughts clearly; candid

Derived forms of open-hearted

  • open-heartedly, adverb
  • open-heartedness, noun

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