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

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Hamm is sympathetic as the traumatized but good-hearted cop. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2024 That story, about a good-hearted Nazi and a cluster of Jews who survived, is an anomaly, a heartwarming exception that proves a dreadful rule about human complicity in evil. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023 Jean Stapleton co-starred as Archie’s befuddled, but good-hearted wife, Edith, and Sally Struthers played the Bunkers’ daughter, Gloria, who often clashed with Archie on behalf of her husband. Lynn Elber, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2023 Willie stays lodged in your memory even as the movie shifts to introduce Jerry, a good-hearted septuagenarian who, after a run of bad financial luck, has reluctantly agreed to sell off three of his mom-and-pop funeral homes to the Loewen Group. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Most of us have learned to tolerate and even enjoy off-putting but good-hearted folks of all genders and ages who struggle with nuance and volume control because of neurodivergence, hearing loss, cultural conditioning or family dynamic. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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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 23 Feb. 2024.

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