heart·​break·​er ˈhärt-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce heartbreaker (audio)
: 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 Neither does the sting of losing a heartbreaker on the road the day before, not when there’s another game to be played, as was the case Thursday. Pete Grathoff, Kansas City Star, 5 Apr. 2024 There was also a dreary blowout against Gonzaga in November 2021 before the heartbreaker against the Bulldogs during the Sweet 16 last year. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 The 49ers lost Super Bowl LVIII to the Chiefs 25-22 in an overtime heartbreaker on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 An absolute heartbreaker to Holy Family in last year’s 4A title game. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, 6 Mar. 2024 The announcement that Glenn Martens’s Y/Project show in Paris was canceled came early in the week, a bit of a heartbreaker for his fans, and another reminder of the challenges emerging brands are facing. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2024 The Razorbacks have been back to Omaha twice since dropping the heartbreaker to Oregon State but have not been able to get back to the three-game championship series. Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 23 Feb. 2024 Despite earning just a point with another overtime heartbreaker, Comets coach Stefan Stokic had positive takeaways. Nathan Dunn, Kansas City Star, 19 Feb. 2024 Then came the follow-up heartbreaker against Cal, which replaced Washington on the NCAA Tournament bubble this week. Jeff Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heartbreaker was in 1837

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“Heartbreaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartbreaker. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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