heart·​break·​er | \ˈhärt-ˌbrā-kər \

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

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 The Spartans were 6-4 in 2007 before going 10-3 in back-to-back seasons, losing a heartbreaker to Shaw, 14-10, in the Class 4A semifinals. Dinah L. Rogers Photography, NOLA.com, "Prom 2018: Brother Martin soars on the dance floor," 4 May 2018 Both are coming off losses from earlier in the week, with the Tar Heels losing at Virginia Tech by one and the Blue Devils dropping a heartbreaker to Miami on a Ja’Quan Newton buzzer beater. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Picks: Final Weekend of Regular Season Features Duke-UNC, Conference Championships, More," 2 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'heartbreaker.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of heartbreaker

1837, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about heartbreaker

Share heartbreaker

Statistics for heartbreaker

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for heartbreaker

The first known use of heartbreaker was in 1837

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for heartbreaker



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

More from Merriam-Webster on heartbreaker

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with heartbreaker

Spanish Central: Translation of heartbreaker

Comments on heartbreaker

What made you want to look up heartbreaker? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a knickknack or trinket

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!