Heavy Heart

Also: heavy-hearted

Meaning of Idiom ‘Heavy Heart’

To have a heavy heart means to be sad or depressed, usually about something that is happening or that one has to do. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Usage

We usually use this idiom with the word with to mean ‘with sadness and regret’ or ‘unhappily’ and it tends to be somewhat formal.

have a heavy heart idiom meaning

Example Of Use

“With a heavy heart, I have will be stepping down from my post as CEO.”

“With heavy hearts, the family said goodbye to their beloved pet.”

“He had a heavy heart after moving away from his childhood home, but he knew it was necessary.”

“She broke off her relationship with a heavy heart, knowing she may be making a big mistake.”

Origin

The adjective heavy has been used to mean ‘weighed down with sadness or regret’ since the 1300s. Its opposite is light. The heart has long been thought of as the seat of one’s emotions. 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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Sources   [ + ]

1, 2. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.