[ hohl-hahr-tid ]
/ ˈhoʊlˈhɑr tɪd /
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fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic, etc.; hearty; earnest: a wholehearted attempt to comply.



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Origin of wholehearted

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; whole + hearted

OTHER WORDS FROM wholehearted

whole·heart·ed·ly, adverbwhole·heart·ed·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for wholehearted

  • There was a wholeheartedness about Bully Rawson and his doings which left no room for doubt.

    A Secret of the Lebombo|Bertram Mitford
  • He is a possessor and advocate of wholeheartedness and sincerity, being charitable to a difference or a fault.

  • But no longer he swore at them with his former wholeheartedness.

    The White Mice|Richard Harding Davis
  • We all laughed at that, grudgingly at first, then with a touch of wholeheartedness.

    The Night of the Long Knives|Fritz Reuter Leiber

British Dictionary definitions for wholehearted

/ (ˌhəʊlˈhɑːtɪd) /


done, acted, given, etc, with total sincerity, enthusiasm, or commitment

Derived forms of wholehearted

wholeheartedly, adverbwholeheartedness, noun
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