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[doun-hahr-tid] /ˈdaʊnˈhɑr tɪd/
dejected; depressed; discouraged.
Origin of downhearted
1645-55; down1 + hearted
Related forms
downheartedly, adverb
downheartedness, noun
downcast, despondent, disheartened, dispirited, sad, sorrowful. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for down-hearted
Historical Examples
  • I got so down-hearted and scared I did wish I had some company.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Thus they vied with each other in little attentions to the down-hearted man.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Surely Irishmen enlisted in Scottish regiments are not so down-hearted as all that!

  • But be not down-hearted about it, Jasper, I will see that thou art provided for.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
  • Cheer up, avillish; maybe that, down-hearted as you are, I have good news for you.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • "Don't be so down-hearted," she whispered, handing him a piece of corn-pone.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • Perhaps, by the side of the suffering and the dying, she could learn to be ashamed of being so down-hearted and miserable.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • “It is of no use to be down-hearted, Nat,” said my uncle the next morning.

    Nat the Naturalist G. Manville Fenn
  • We shall both do it, please Heaven, but we must not be down-hearted although we appear to make but little way.

    Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs William H. G. Kingston
  • "Don't be down-hearted, old boy," exclaimed Tom encouragingly.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for down-hearted


discouraged; dejected
Derived Forms
downheartedly, adverb
downheartedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for down-hearted

also downhearted, 1774 (downheartedly is attested from 1650s), a figurative image from down (adv.) + hearted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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