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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The appetite to obtain Westbrook is lukewarm, according to multiple persons familiar with the Pistons front office’s thinking, even though the franchise readily acknowledges the talent that makes Westbrook one of the best point guards in the league. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "These scenarios could make sense for Detroit Pistons to get Russell Westbrook," 10 July 2019 But the League, which draws support from Italy’s business-friendly northern regions, has been lukewarm. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "Last 2 Towers of Genoa Bridge That Collapsed, Killing 43, Are Demolished," 28 June 2019 Those who have succeeded have done so only narrowly, like Ohio’s Rep. Jim Renacci, who won the Republican nomination to run against Sen. Sherrod Brown this fall with lukewarm support. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Once a favorite, Rep. Diane Black loses the Tennessee governor’s primary race," 3 Aug. 2018 Despite lukewarm feelings about higher education generally, 80 percent of Americans have a positive view of the institutions near them—that often means community colleges. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Higher Education Nearly All Americans Love," 21 May 2018 With lukewarm shareholder support, Qualcomm must make progress this year against the headwinds that have held it back recently. Mike Freeman,, "Qualcomm shareholder vote shows lackluster support after failed Broadcom bid," 29 Mar. 2018 The station's fancy payloads and sensors took longer than anticipated, and in the meantime the idea itself got lukewarm support from the Soviet military, which was increasingly relying on unmanned satellites for all its space needs. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Here Is the Soviet Union's Secret Space Cannon," 16 Nov. 2015 Yet portfolio managers who focus on emerging debt remain lukewarm, zeroing in on signs that the debt remains risky despite price declines earlier in 2018. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Fund Managers See Caution Signs in Emerging-Market Bond Rebound," 24 July 2018 View this post on Instagram Currently wrapped in a somewhat scabby old blanket, with a face mask on, clutching a lukewarm coffee while attempting and failing to get some decent writing done 🙂 Send help. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My ASOS Oversized Leather Jacket," 6 Mar. 2019

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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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