heart·​bro·​ken ˈhärt-ˌbrō-kən How to pronounce heartbroken (audio)
: overcome by sorrow

Example Sentences

not as heartbroken over missing out on the trip to New York as I thought she would be was utterly heartbroken when his pet dog died
Recent Examples on the Web What was available to the third category of patients left many members of the rare diseases community, as well as scientists, furious and heartbroken. Johanna Deeksha, Quartz, 21 Jan. 2022 He is heartbroken, unable to get over the day his fiancée Cassie walked out of his life. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 As a Black person, the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others last summer in the US left me feeling heartbroken, furious, and scared. Kya Muckle, Quartz, 25 Mar. 2021 If anything, the post does offer a little comedic relief to those of us heartbroken over the fact the show will end after its 15th season. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 25 May 2019 If camp doesn’t happen, kids are going to be heartbroken, and working parents are going to be left without essential child care. Melinda Wenner Moyer, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2020 So heartbroken by the news of his passing and sending our condolences to his family and friends. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 13 Apr. 2020 However, this newfound evidence could mean that Joyce got back together with Lonnie after being so heartbroken over Hopper's death. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, 7 Apr. 2020 Against Picard's passionate pleas, Starfleet reneged on its humanitarian mission and banned all synthetics, prompting a disillusioned and heartbroken Picard to resign. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heartbroken was in 1572

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“Heartbroken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartbroken. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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