• To be heavy-hearted means to be sorrowful; melancholy; depressed.
  • Feeling depressed or melancholy; sad.
  • A feeling of unhappiness.

1. We said our goodbyes at the airport with a heavy heart.


2. I felt heavy-hearted watching the documentary about the global environmental crisis.


3. I’ve been heavy-hearted ever since our dog was put down.


4. My dad has been heavy-hearted since he was laid off work.

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How about another expression?


  • If someone is heavy-handed, they are insensitive and use excessive force or authority when dealing with a problem.
  • Doing something in a strict way, exerting a lot of control.
  • Dealing with people or problems in a severe or harsh way.

1. New York has been known for its heavy-handed police tactics.


2. She believes that children should be handled with a heavy hand.


3. The King ruled with a heavy hand.


4. My father runs his company with heavy-handed rules and regulations.

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