luke·​warm | \ ˈlük-ˈwȯrm How to pronounce lukewarm (audio) \

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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Mai begins by massaging Burt’s Bees Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin into her skin, leaving it on for a few minutes, and then rinsing it off with lukewarm water to open up her pores. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Watch Ella Mai’s Five-Minute Guide to Sensitive Skin Care," 6 Feb. 2019 The Points Guy website, now owned by Red Ventures, gave the card a lukewarm review. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Rewards Credit Cards Gained a Fanatic Following—Now Banks Are Pulling Back," 1 Jan. 2019 But with Microsoft shifting toward a subscription service model, even Microsoft seems lukewarm about Monday’s general release of Office 2019. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft half-heartedly announces the availability of Office 2019," 24 Sep. 2018 Mix warm lard, salt, vinegar, and 2 cups lukewarm water in a large bowl to combine. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Shrimp Empanadas," 23 Apr. 2018 So far, the agency seems lukewarm about changing that approach. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Forget the Falcon Heavy’s payload and focus on where the rocket will go," 2 Feb. 2018 Right now, what China needs is time for stimulus measures to start propping up growth before the now-lukewarm trade war gets hot again. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Trump, Xi: This Isn’t the Deal You’re Looking For," 3 Dec. 2018 Its Apple Music service, which launched in 2015 to lukewarm reviews, has since acquired 50 million subscribers by offering free three-month trials to all iPhone users. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Apple is talking to big newspapers about joining its subscription service," 7 Sep. 2018 Badgers seem lukewarm on Baldwin: 40 percent approval, 42 percent disapproval. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 10 toughest Senate elections for Democrats in 2018," 30 Apr. 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 How to pronounce lukewarm (audio) \

Kids Definition of lukewarm

1 : slightly warm lukewarm water
2 : not very interested or eager We got a lukewarm response.

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