luke·warm | \ˈlük-ˈwȯrm \

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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A week later, several reviews are in, and many of them are lukewarm on the execution of what was a mostly promising premise: Chefs competing head-to-head to see who can create the best edibles. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Sacramento comedian may be the best part of Netflix weed-based cooking show, reviews say," 29 June 2018 Some love the pick, others are lukewarm on Pacers' pick of UCLA point guard. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "NBA draft grades... years later: How grading of recent Pacers' picks holds up," 24 June 2018 Several national writers were lukewarm on the Milwaukee Bucks' selection Thursday of Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo, the lone Milwaukee selection in the 2018 NBA draft. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How national pundits grade Milwaukee's NBA draft selection of Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo," 22 June 2018 When cooled to lukewarm, add cilantro and olive oil, stirring well. Lucy Saunders, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cooking 101: New Marquette classes aim to raise students' kitchen GPA," 27 Apr. 2018 Let stock cool to lukewarm, then refrigerate if not using right away. Ann Maloney,, "3 seafood dishes for Lent from Tom Fitzmorris' reissued 'New Orleans Food'," 20 Feb. 2018 Fans welcomed his arrival in August 2016 with lukewarm enthusiasm because he'd only recently been fired by Everton in the Premier League. Jerome Pugmire,, "France vs. Belgium: What you need to know for Tuesday's World Cup semifinal," 9 July 2018 That October, the rapper released his first mixtape since the lukewarm pop-rap record Honest, his second studio album—and since the contentious demise of his engagement to R&B singer Ciara. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 Despite the lukewarm response from Cudi, this song shows Kanye’s ear for elevating his records with a great Kid Cudi feature. Mark Elibert, Billboard, "Kid Cudi's 10 Best Features: Critic's Picks," 11 June 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 \

Kids Definition of lukewarm

1 : slightly warm lukewarm water

2 : not very interested or eager We got a lukewarm response.

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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