bro·​ken·​heart·​ed ˈbrō-kən-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce brokenhearted (audio)
: overcome by grief or despair

Examples of brokenhearted in a Sentence

She was brokenhearted when her boyfriend left her. she was brokenhearted when the relationship ended
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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brokenhearted was in 1526

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“Brokenhearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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bro·​ken·​heart·​ed ˌbrō-kən-ˈhärt-əd How to pronounce brokenhearted (audio)
: overwhelmed by grief

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