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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Heartsome härt"sŭm Merry; cheerful; lively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • heartsome Inspiring with heart or courage; exhilarating.
    • heartsome Merry; cheerful; lively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Heartsome exhilarating: merry
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heorte; Dut. hart, Ger. herz; cog. with L. cor, cordis, Gr. kardia.


In literature:

It is human, with healthy pulse and heartsome glow in it.
"Adventures and Letters" by Richard Harding Davis
As he looked, the warm, red sun came out, lighting up with a heartsome warmth the whole gray day.
"Margret Howth, A Story of To-day" by Rebecca Harding Davis
Why, Malcolm, I never durst hope to see you so sturdy and so heartsome.
"The Caged Lion" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The only stroke possible was the overarm, and his hands fell with a gummy plop instead of the heartsome splash of open water.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
From all these it followeth, that this way is a most pleasant, heartsome, desirable and comfortable way.
"Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life" by John Brown (of Wamphray)
True enough, nature meant her for a heartsome lass.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
They stayed an hour and it was a happy one, for Mr Dunlop is a heartsome man.
"The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825" by Gordon Sellar
I know no evenings so tender as those that gather about the Island: at once heartsome and subdued.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
And above all and swamping all the endless talk of a busy, heartsome farm-town!
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
What a heartsome lass yon is!
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
But it was heartsome work, for they were surely pushing the fire in upon itself.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
And now, with "heartsome voice of mellow scorn," let us sound the message of the "bold straightforward horn.
"Vocal Expression" by Katherine Jewell Everts
It was such an earnest, heartsome world I had come into, out of myself!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 81, July, 1864" by Various
But it was not a heartsome sight, and we turned our rein and rode away, weary and sad within.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
In a few days the maist o' the men were as heartsome and blithe as if naething had happened.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
I could sit all day and listen to the hearty and heartsome ha!
"Rosemary and Rue" by Amber
This be heartsome news, Sir Geoffrey.
"The Soul of Susan Yellam" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Patsey Muldoon came in with his heartsome laugh.
"In Wild Rose Time" by Amanda M. Douglas
The heartsome sound of cheering accompanied all the way.
"Down Under With the Prince" by Everard Cotes
How heartsome 'tis to see the rising plants!
"The Gentle Shepherd: A Pastoral Comedy" by Allan Ramsay

In poetry:

Though the times be dark and dreary,
Though the way be long,
Keep your spirits bright and cheery,--
--"Bide a wee, and dinna weary!"
Is a heartsome song.
"Bide A Wee!" by John Oxenham
'By Forth's green links bedeck'd wi' flowers,
By Clyde's clear stream and beechen bowers;
Heartsome and healthfu' flew the hours
In simple sang,
While Lossit's braes and Eden's towers
The notes prolang!
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill