fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic, etc.; hearty; earnest: a wholehearted attempt to comply.

Origin of wholehearted

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; whole + hearted
Related formswhole·heart·ed·ly, adverbwhole·heart·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for wholeheartedly

Contemporary Examples of wholeheartedly

Historical Examples of wholeheartedly

  • And just as simply and wholeheartedly as you made the offer, I accept it.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • She accepted, as wholeheartedly as he gave it, an income of two hundred a year from him.

  • Pachuca began to laugh; gently at first, then wholeheartedly.

    Across the Mesa

    Jarvis Hall

  • Clare was beginning to guess that what Miss Durand did, she did wholeheartedly.

    Regiment of Women

    Clemence Dane

  • In the end he, like herself, must look on at the fun rather than share in it wholeheartedly.

British Dictionary definitions for wholeheartedly



done, acted, given, etc, with total sincerity, enthusiasm, or commitment
Derived Formswholeheartedly, adverbwholeheartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wholeheartedly



also whole-hearted, 1840, from whole + hearted. Related: Wholeheartedly.

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