heartbroken etymology

English word heartbroken comes from English broken, English hand

Detailed word origin of heartbroken

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
broken English (eng) (colloquial, US, of a, situation) Not having gone in the way intended; saddening.. (meteorology, of the sky) Five-eighths to seven-eighths obscured by clouds; incompletely covered by clouds.. (of a, bone or body part) Fractured; having the bone in pieces.. (of a, line) Dashed, made up of short lines with small gaps between each one and the next.. (of a, person) Completely defeated and [...]
hand English (eng) (archaic) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.. (archaic) Agency in transmission from one person to another.. (card games) The set of cards held by a player.. (chiefly, in measuring the height of horses) Four inches, a hand's breadth.. (firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.. (heading) In [...]
heartbroken English (eng) Suffering from grief, especially after a failed romance.

Words with the same origin as heartbroken

Descendants of broken