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 But Trump’s commitment to the Hong Kong cause has often seemed lukewarm. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "Why China Wants Trump to Win," 7 July 2020 However, many states are lukewarm to the Google-Apple technology — and to digital contact tracing more broadly. Bernard Wolfson,, "Coronavirus-tracking apps proliferate, but will they help slow disease’s spread?," 2 July 2020 While many art spaces have thrown together digital programming and released lukewarm statements about solidarity with protesters, the BMA’s Screening Room goes a step further in addressing the struggles of the moment. Washington Post, "The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Screening Room is a dynamic new platform for artists and ideas," 1 July 2020 Opposition to Trump is by far the biggest factor propelling support for Biden, including those who are lukewarm to the presumptive Democratic nominee. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Apparently, it's not already 'very bad'," 30 June 2020 Previous results of Ad5-nCoV trials, published in medical journal the Lancet, were met with a lukewarm response by experts. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Beijing approves experimental Covid-19 vaccine for use in Chinese military," 30 June 2020 The critical response was lukewarm, but the movie was a box-office smash and now often shows up on lists of the best American comedies. Peter Keepnews,, "Carl Reiner, multifaceted master of comedy, is dead at 98," 30 June 2020 The lukewarm debut is a big blow to the grocer’s private-equity owners. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Pick Up Albertsons on Sale," 27 June 2020 Dissolve the baking soda in the lukewarm water and drizzle it over the crumbs in the food processor. cleveland, "Homemade crackers: Who needs a box?," 25 June 2020

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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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10 Jul 2020

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“Lukewarm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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