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[hohl-hahr-tid] /ˈhoʊlˈhɑr tɪd/
fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic, etc.; hearty; earnest:
a wholehearted attempt to comply.
Origin of wholehearted
1830-40, Americanism; whole + hearted
Related forms
wholeheartedly, adverb
wholeheartedness, noun Unabridged
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  • You know how flippant, how 'fly-away,' he can be when the mood seizes him, how wholeheartedly he can play the fool.

    Grey Roses Henry Harland
  • A wild and restless youngster, Tad was wholeheartedly for anything he didn't have.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • wholeheartedly and with utter disregard of personal sacrifice this vast aggregation committed itself to the task.

  • They had fallen in love so wholeheartedly, so gaily, those two.

    Mavis of Green Hill Faith Baldwin
  • And the chilled and hungry humans of the Alameda wolfed his hot concoctions and blessed him wholeheartedly.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for wholeheartedly


done, acted, given, etc, with total sincerity, enthusiasm, or commitment
Derived Forms
wholeheartedly, adverb
wholeheartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wholeheartedly



also whole-hearted, 1840, from whole + hearted. Related: Wholeheartedly.

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