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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Recent Examples on the Web Any skincare routine should involve washing your face twice daily with lukewarm water. Kim Luongo,, "How to get clear skin," 8 Mar. 2021 To make sure your drink is chilled, add ice and some lukewarm water in the pitcher to prevent the plastic pitcher from cracking due to heat. Sanah Faroke, Southern Living, "This Electric Iced Tea Maker With Over 6,500 Five-Star Ratings Brews the ‘Perfect Pitcher’ in 10 Minutes," 2 Mar. 2021 Dampen it with a little mild detergent diluted in lukewarm water. Washington Post, "What’s the best way to clean my dirty cellular shades?," 1 Mar. 2021 Add 1 cup of the lukewarm water, stirring to combine thoroughly. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Mount Vernon Hoecakes," 10 Feb. 2021 Former campaign advisers say the Biden camp was lukewarm to this proposal and others that called for a broader exercise of its powers. New York Times, "Rich Countries Signed Away a Chance to Vaccinate the World," 21 Mar. 2021 The approach has the potential of packing as much punch as lukewarm tea. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Why do Brits make the best detective dramas? 'Bloodlands' shows why," 11 Mar. 2021 Lacking the lure of hot coffee, a warm cheeseburger or a lukewarm sleeping pad, four-time champion Dallas Seavey of Talkeetna anticipates rest stops that align more with his team’s tempo than his desire for human creature comforts. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, "An Iditarod like no other? Some mushers aren’t too concerned about adapting to this year’s changes," 7 Mar. 2021 The move felt lukewarm to even the most ardent reopening advocates. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS is reopening schools. Here's a quick look at the plan and what happens now," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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6 Apr 2021

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“Lukewarm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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