soft-hearted; sympathetic.

Origin of tender-hearted

First recorded in 1530–40
Related formsten·der-heart·ed·ly, adverbten·der-heart·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for tender-hearted

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Examples from the Web for tenderhearted

Historical Examples of tenderhearted

  • Yet Marietta was a right good child and quite too tenderhearted.

    The Broken Cup

    Johann Heinrich Daniel Zschokke

  • But how his words thrilled through the just and tenderhearted Joseph!

  • And Peter says (1 Pet 3, 8): "Loving as brethren, tenderhearted, humbleminded."

  • Everybody liked him--everybody except the Tenderhearted Oysterman.


    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • And there's the Tenderhearted Oysterman, he treads like a cat.


    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

British Dictionary definitions for tenderhearted



having a compassionate, kindly, or sensitive disposition
Derived Formstenderheartedly, adverbtenderheartedness, noun
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