good-heart·​ed ˈgu̇d-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce good-hearted (audio)
: having a kindly generous disposition
good-heartedly adverb
good-heartedness noun

Examples of good-hearted in a Sentence

a good-hearted doctor who regularly sees poor patients for free
Recent Examples on the Web Münchhausen earned a reputation far and wide as a good-hearted, generous, lively and dramatic storyteller—though not a liar. Rosemary Counter, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Apr. 2024 Elegant, warm, good-hearted and diplomatic, Cinderella guides her daughter with a gentle hand. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 9 Apr. 2024 The duo was the oldest couple in the neighborhood, known as joyful, good-hearted people, Mitchell said. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 28 Mar. 2024 There’s also a good-hearted indeterminacy at the show’s core that keeps the catty premise from gelling with its nobler themes. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 Her character sings, cries and endures a Greek tragedy of a downfall, but instead of being a caricature, Chastain finds the soul of a complex, good-hearted woman. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2024 Treat Williams as Paley’s husband — the CBS chief executive William S. Paley who, written as a good-hearted philanderer, comes off better than just about anyone else — is fun to watch. Mike Hale, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Antonio’s good-hearted partner-in-crime is shot and killed; Antonio himself takes a bullet to the face but miraculously survives, setting him on the path to become El Tragabalas, the bullet-swallowing, vengeance-hungry folk hero. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Samuel has made a movie that imagines a good-hearted sinner slouching toward salvation one desperate measure at a time. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of good-hearted was in the 15th century

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“Good-hearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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: having a kindly generous disposition
good-heartedly adverb
good- heartedness noun
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