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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web What is more notable is the relatively lukewarm reaction in the stock market. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 But upon release, the romantic drama film ended up with more of a lukewarm reception due to a long running time and for Redford’s performance. cleveland, 26 Mar. 2022 This was the first play Pipes wrote in graduate school, and the lukewarm reaction the first scene received from her teachers had an impact on the development of the show, in particular on the genesis of that surreal left turn. Bo Emerson, ajc, 25 Jan. 2022 But there's a catch: the new service is only available for subscribers to Twitter’s premium Blue service, which Twitter launched to a lukewarm reception last June. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 21 Jan. 2022 That lukewarm reception has dismayed those across the political spectrum who advocate more generous aid to families. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Cory, who’s been promoted to head of the network, is launching a streaming service and is baffled by the lukewarm reaction of the public, all of which feels like one big subtweet about people not wanting to pay for Apple TV+. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 17 Sep. 2021 However, some market observers have had a more lukewarm reaction, emphasizing that El Salvador’s population is smaller than that of New York City. Charles Bovaird, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 This is not the first time the beloved Cincinnati cuisine has had a lukewarm reaction. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 23 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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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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