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 That's not to say Valentine's Day is a heartbreaker for restaurant owners, who still reap about 20% more in sales than on the average day, Womply found. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Do restaurants get less love on Valentine's Day?," 14 Feb. 2020 That had to be a heartbreaker for George Seifert, who attended nearby Polytechnic High and served as a stadium usher in the late Fifties. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "History of the 49ers," 30 Jan. 2020 How the moment lives on After that thrilling victory, the Badgers still had one more heartbreaker to endure in 2011, a 45-38 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl despite 296 yards passing from Wilson (two touchdowns) and 215 all-purpose yards from Ball. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Russell Wilson works his magic in 2011 Big Ten title game," 19 Apr. 2020 The Angels debut of Rice product Anthony Rendon — World Series hero and hometown heartbreaker — added another intriguing layer. Chandler Rome, ExpressNews.com, "For Astros, an opening day with other healing powers," 26 Mar. 2020 But the Lions came back to win 31-27, one of the all-time heartbreakers endured by any NFL team over the years. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "History of the 49ers," 30 Jan. 2020 The Pistons are 3-1 in those games, with the loss a one-point heartbreaker to Charlotte. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Blake Griffin's struggles cratering Detroit Pistons: 'There's no excuse'," 19 Dec. 2019 Coming Saturday: A year ago this weekend, LEE lost a heartbreaker against Flower Mound for the Class 6A state soccer championship. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "Boerne Champion’s Anastacia Gonzales’ promising season on pause amid corornavirus pandemic.," 15 Apr. 2020 This class fell short of its loftiest goals, making the playoffs only once and losing a semifinal heartbreaker to Clemson. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Could Ohio State football’s 2021 recruiting class be the best in Buckeye history?," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of heartbreaker

1837, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2020

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“Heartbreaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartbreaker. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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