open·​heart·​ed ˌō-pən-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce openhearted (audio)
: candidly straightforward : frank
: responsive to emotional appeal
openheartedly adverb
openheartedness noun

Examples of openhearted in a Sentence

many therapists believe that it is better to be openhearted than to repress one's feelings, however hostile they may be
Recent Examples on the Web In conversation, Song comes across as an openhearted philosopher, happy to talk matters of the heart and the mind and grateful to have come out of the filmmaking gate with such a surge. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Her willingness to forgive and go with the flow might be insightful and openhearted or simply naïve. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2023 Hendricks was openhearted and charismatic, family members said. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 As the leader of Reyna Tropical, the guitarist-singer-songwriter-producer brings that same openhearted approach to the music of the tropical diaspora. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2023 Jenny Lewis has been playing Boston for over two decades in one configuration or another, whether as frontwoman of indie-pop wunderkinds Rilo Kiley, as an auxiliary member of electronic note-passers the Postal Service, in duet mode with Jenny and Johnny, or as a probing and openhearted solo star. Marc Hirsh,, 17 July 2023 Evert could not help but be disarmed by this openhearted, unconstrained young woman who seemed hungry to experience . . . Sally Jenkins, Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2023 Wilson is, as always, Anderson’s ideal vessel, openhearted and phony all at once, impossible to begrudge. Joe Reid, Vulture, 26 June 2023 Fellow musicians paid attention to her supple voice and openhearted songwriting. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of openhearted was in 1593

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“Openhearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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open·​heart·​ed ˌō-pən-ˈhärt-əd How to pronounce openhearted (audio)
openheartedly adverb
openheartedness noun

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