luke·​warm | \ˈlük-ˈwȯrm \

Definition of lukewarm 

1 : moderately warm : tepid a lukewarm bath lukewarm coffee

2 : lacking conviction : half-hearted gave them only lukewarm support a lukewarm review lukewarm applause

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Other Words from lukewarm

lukewarmly adverb
lukewarmness noun

Examples of lukewarm in a Sentence

I hate drinking lukewarm coffee. Our plan got a lukewarm reception. The producer was lukewarm about her script.
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Wash your face with lukewarm water rather than hot or cold and make sure to protect your face in cold weather. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How to Treat Broken Capillaries on Your Face — and Prevent Them in the First Place," 27 Sep. 2018 A year after Apple Music launched to a lukewarm reception, the company overhauled the streaming service’s design. Micah Singleton, The Verge, "Apple Music is easier to use and has more personalized features in iOS 12," 12 Sep. 2018 Discovery's first season got a lukewarm reception at best. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 2," 5 Sep. 2018 Some in the affected area were lukewarm about the president’s visit. Kelli Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "In Florida, families seeking the missing amid storm damage," 15 Oct. 2018 Hong Kong’s biggest initial public offering in nearly two years drew a lukewarm response from global investors, casting some doubt on the prospects for other major coming listings. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Giant Telecom IPO in Hong Kong Gets Weak Reception," 1 Aug. 2018 Then, soak rice in clear, lukewarm water 5 minutes, and drain. 2. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Floyd Cardoz’s Spiced Asparagus With Coconut and Turmeric Rice," 21 June 2018 But something else gnawed at Kennedy that night besides his lukewarm performance and poor prospects. David Margolick, Time, "The Mysterious Woman Who Could Answer a Key Question About RFK's Legacy—If Only We Could Find Her," 5 June 2018 A week later, several reviews are in, and many of them are lukewarm on the execution of what was a mostly promising premise: Chefs competing head-to-head to see who can create the best edibles. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Sacramento comedian may be the best part of Netflix weed-based cooking show, reviews say," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of lukewarm

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lukewarm

Middle English, from luke lukewarm + warm; probably akin to Old High German lāo lukewarm — more at lee

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English Language Learners Definition of lukewarm

: slightly warm

: not enthusiastic : not having or showing energy or excitement


luke·​warm | \ˈlük-ˈwȯrm \

Kids Definition of lukewarm

1 : slightly warm lukewarm water

2 : not very interested or eager We got a lukewarm response.

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