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

Menomonee Falls wrestling endured a heartbreaker at the Falls WIAA regional Feb. 10, falling behind Arrowhead for the title, 252 points to 241.5. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls wrestling drops a heartbreaker at regional, but Indians still send fleet through to sectional," 11 Feb. 2018 Biebs’ engagement to Hailey Baldwin means the end to his career as a blond heartbreaker (and the end of the line for any #Jelena shippers). Danielle Fox, Seventeen, "How Well Do You Know Justin Bieber's Girlfriends?," 15 Mar. 2013 Her subjects ranged from the Habsburg Empire’s high nobility, shown at play in late World War I-era issues of society magazines, to Vienna’s high-culture heartbreaker, Alma Mahler, Gustav’s unfaithful wife. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Faces of Old Vienna," 12 July 2018 Darcy was the coach of the local Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team, and his Humboldt Broncos trailed 3–1 in a playoff series, after losing a heartbreaker in triple overtime at home less than 24 hours earlier. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Valley of Darkness," 13 Apr. 2018 If anything, Gomez’s reputation is less a discernible track record of being the woman scorned and more as the heartbreaker herself. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "You Really Don’t Need to Worry About Selena Gomez," 11 July 2018 Obviously horrific shooting in Annapolis, another heartbreaker. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway on growing calls to abolish ICE," 30 June 2018 The baseball team won 26 games and lost in the Ninth Region final to Highlands in a walkoff heartbreaker, 3-2. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Covington Catholic athletic director reflects on historic year of 2 state titles,," 19 June 2018 Egypt lost a heartbreaker to Uruguay in its first game, one record-setting striker Mohamed Salah watched from the bench with a shoulder injury. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "A look at Tuesday's World Cup schedule," 18 June 2018

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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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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