heart·​break·​er | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce heartbreaker (audio) \

Definition of heartbreaker

: one that causes heartbreak

Examples of heartbreaker in a Sentence

The team's most recent loss was a real heartbreaker.
Recent Examples on the Web Joe Panik’s departure was a heartbreaker for fans and many of his teammates, and there’s no safe call for the future. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Giants' stability has moved across the bay," 14 Aug. 2019 Along with Friday’s heartbreaker in Denver, the Spurs also have dropped two overtime games during their skid. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs' skid intact thanks to bad luck and bad bounces," 10 Apr. 2021 Both feature a lovely blond heartbroken heartbreaker. Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "The best clues as to what will take Oscar’s best picture come from the past," 7 Apr. 2021 With buyer demand dwarfing the inventory of homes for sale, the spring 2021 real estate market is already a heartbreaker. BostonGlobe.com, "47 tips for buying, selling, staging, and moving this spring," 11 Apr. 2021 His Bruins lost a heartbreaker Saturday, when Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs hit a game-winning three-pointer in overtime that sent the Bulldogs to Monday’s national championship game and ended UCLA’s magical March run. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Win some, lose some: Six buzzer-beaters during UCLA coach Mick Cronin’s two-year tenure," 4 Apr. 2021 The Eagles lost a heartbreaker to the Indians Monday night. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Kentucky high school basketball: Brossart girls advances to 10th Region final, Scott loses by one," 30 Mar. 2021 Texas Tech lost a heartbreaker to Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday night, meaning Red Raiders coChris Beard will leave Indiana soon. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, "'You don't have to leave Indiana': IU fans hope Chris Beard sticks around after Texas Tech loss," 22 Mar. 2021 Aida just has her husband, Nihad (Izudin Bajrovic), the school’s former principal, and her two grown sons, Hamdija (Boris Ler) and Sejo (Dino Bajrovic), the latter a sweet 17-year-old heartbreaker. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?,’ a final horror in a century filled with horror," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of heartbreaker

1837, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2021

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“Heartbreaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartbreaker. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heartbreaker

: someone or something that causes you to feel very sad, disappointed, etc. : someone or something that breaks your heart

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