heart·​sick | \ ˈhärt-ˌsik How to pronounce heartsick (audio) \

Definition of heartsick

: very despondent : depressed

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Other Words from heartsick

heartsickness noun

Examples of heartsick in a Sentence

They were absolutely heartsick over the loss of their home. I was heartsick to learn of their divorce.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the beasts are heartsick, some of them joyous; some of them like breakfast cereal and others hate math. Miguel Salazar, Vulture, 25 May 2021 His mother, Angelique Williams, said the family is heartsick over his killing. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 21 Dec. 2020 This time the Detroit Lions had the decency to implode in the first half, politely freeing up the rest of the Sunday afternoon for their heartsick devotees. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 20 Sep. 2020 Welcome to the drive-in concert, a potential cure for heartsick music fans who yearn for live shows amid the coronavirus. Paul Vercammen, CNN, 1 Aug. 2020 The heartsick scene here at the Staples Center on Friday seemed to keep getting bigger and sadder and more surreal. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2020 Lafcadio, despite his many identities, is fundamentally heartsick, torn between nations and loves. Diana Abu-jaber, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2019 The elder Symansky's new tenant would often stay up listening to the heartsick father talk about his son. Kyle Swenson, chicagotribune.com, 31 May 2018 Over at Dulles, a heartsick Iranian mother was reunited with her 5-year-old son, who was detained for several hours. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 30 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of heartsick

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heartsick was circa 1529

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8 Jun 2021

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“Heartsick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartsick. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heartsick

: very sad or disappointed


heart·​sick | \ ˈhärt-ˌsik How to pronounce heartsick (audio) \

Kids Definition of heartsick

: very sad


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