Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

heartbreaking

play
adjective heart·break·ing \-ˌbrā-kiŋ\

Simple Definition of heartbreaking

  • : causing great sadness, disappointment, etc.

Full Definition of heartbreaking

  1. 1 a :  causing intense sorrow or distress b :  extremely trying or difficult

  2. 2 :  producing an intense emotional reaction or response <heartbreaking beauty>

heart·break·ing·ly play \-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of heartbreaking

  1. She wrote a heartbreaking story about the death of her grandfather.

  2. It was heartbreaking to know that there was nothing I could do.

  3. The team suffered another heartbreaking defeat.



1586

First Known Use of heartbreaking

1586


HEARTBREAKING Defined for Kids

heartbreaking

play
adjective heart·break·ing \ˈhärt-ˌbrā-kiŋ\

Definition of heartbreaking

  1. :  causing great sorrow <a heartbreaking story>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up heartbreaking? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

2.2 pounds 16.96 pounds 196.5 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ