Definition of heartbreaker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhärtˌbrākər/


1A person who is very attractive but who is irresponsible in emotional relationships.
Example sentences
  • And I have had my heart broken nearly as often as I have been the heartbreaker.
  • People of all sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, genders, nationalities and colors have the potential to be perennial heartbreakers or devoted lifelong partners.
  • It's one thing if they're concerned your new dude is a real dud (he holds the running record for most days in detention) or a total heartbreaker (he's dumped his last six GFs like a bad habit).
2A story or event that causes overwhelming distress.
Example sentences
  • This election was a heartbreaker, and the country is in for a very bumpy four years I'm afraid.
  • Chocolate is definitely the heartbreaker when it comes to healthy eating habits.
  • Yet it's entirely possible for Manhattan to go unbeaten the rest of the way, finish something like 26-3 - then drop a heartbreaker in the MAAC Tournament and not get an at-large bid.

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Syllabification: heart·break·er

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