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1. One that causes sorrow, grief, or disappointment: "one young and chaste, the other a dissolute heartbreaker of 48; one prim, the other passionate" (Ellen McGarrahan).
2. Sports & Games A narrow or last-minute defeat.


a person or thing that causes intense sadness or disappointment


(ˈhɑrtˌbreɪ kər)

a person, event, or thing causing heartbreak or intense longing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heartbreaker - a charming person who is irresponsible in emotional relationships
beguiler, charmer - a person who charms others (usually by personal attractiveness)
2.heartbreaker - a narrow defeat or a defeat at the last minute
defeat, licking - an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
References in classic literature ?
When she was gone the old heartbreaker muttered, rubbing his hands--
For the fact that it was this said thirty-first cousin, Mr d'Urberville, who had fallen in love with her, a gentleman not altogether local, whose reputation as a reckless gallant and heartbreaker was beginning to spread beyond the immediate boundaries of Trantridge, lent Tess's supposed position, by its fearsomeness, a far higher fascination that it would have exercised if unhazardous.
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For anyone who knew it, Raymonda was a heartbreaker.
A frail girl with a limp, she set out to be a tomboy, an intellectual, a heartbreaker, and a communist.
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).
Deciphering the individual mysteries of each woman involved with the honey-colored heartbreaker only provides deeper evidence of the value of Opoku's deep commitment to explore racial, sexual, social and political issues on the printed page.
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The previously unreleased version of "America," live in Berkeley in 1956, changes the solemn heartbreaker of Ginsberg's 1959 studio recording into a stand-up comedy routine not far from Richard Pryor--Live in Concert.
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