also written as warmhearted or warm hearted
- to be kind and loving
- kind and sympathetic
- often used as an adjective to describe someone who is kind and affectionate
- My grandmother is a very warm-hearted person, everybody loves her.
- I wish that everybody was as warm-hearted as you, Susan, it would make my life so much easier.
- Peter is a warm-hearted He is always hugging everybody when they are having a bad day.
- Today, I met a warmhearted lady in train.
- Buddha suggested to be a warm-hearted person because kindness is the symbol of good karma.
The use of the word was first recorded in the 1500s. There is no certain origin for the phrase, but by adding -hearted to the word it takes on a figurative meaning. It was first used in 1200 as hard-hearted.
It implies that someone's heart is warm, denoting affection and sympathy. The opposite is cold-hearted meaning that someone has no empathy for others.
It is said that people feel with their heart (figuratively) so having a warm heart implies that the person is kind and inviting.