half-hearted

adjective half-heart·ed \ ˈhaf-ˈhär-təd , ˈhäf- \
variants: or halfhearted

Definition of half-hearted

: lacking heart, spirit, or interest
  • a half-hearted effort
  • halfhearted applause

half-heartedly

or halfheartedly adverb

half-heartedness

or halfheartedness noun

First Known Use of half-hearted

15th century

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halfhearted

adjective half·heart·ed \ ˈhaf-ˈhär-təd , ˈhäf- \

Definition of halfhearted for Students

: lacking enthusiasm or interest
  • halfhearted applause

halfheartedly

adverb

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