- extremely sad, disappointing, or pitiful
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
heart•break•ing /ˈhɑrtˌbreɪkɪŋ/USA pronunciation adj.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- causing great sorrow, grief, or anguish:a heartbreaking loss.
heart•break•ing (härt′brā′king),USA pronunciation adj.
- causing intense anguish or sorrow.
- heartbreak + -ing2 1600–10
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ˈheartˌbreaking /ˈhɑːtˌbreɪkɪŋ/ adj
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