downhearted

adjective

down·​heart·​ed ˈdau̇n-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce downhearted (audio)
downheartedly adverb
downheartedness noun

Examples of downhearted in a Sentence

downhearted because his best friend was taking a job out of state
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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downhearted was in 1742

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“Downhearted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downhearted. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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downhearted

adjective
down·​heart·​ed ˈdau̇n-ˈhärt-əd How to pronounce downhearted (audio)
downheartedly adverb
downheartedness noun

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