follow Dictionary.com

Write a Super Short Story to win an iPod!

heartstrings

[hahrt-stringz] /ˈhɑrtˌstrɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
the deepest feelings; the strongest affections:
to tug at one's heartstrings.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; heart + strings
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for heartstring

heartstrings

/ˈhɑːtˌstrɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
(often facetious) deep emotions or feelings
Word Origin
C15: originally referring to the tendons supposed to support the heart
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for heartstring

heartstrings

n.

late 15c., originally literal, in old anatomy theory "the tendons and nerves that brace the heart;" from heart + string (n.). Transferred and figurative sense from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for heartstrings

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for heartstring

0
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for heartstring