lukewarm

adjective luke·warm \ ˈlük-ˈwȯrm \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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

lukewarmly

adverb

lukewarmness

noun

Examples of lukewarm in a Sentence

  1. I hate drinking lukewarm coffee.

  2. Our plan got a lukewarm reception.

  3. The producer was lukewarm about her script.

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Origin and Etymology of lukewarm

Middle English, from luke lukewarm + warm; probably akin to Old High German lāo lukewarm — more at lee

LUKEWARM Defined for English Language Learners

lukewarm

adjective

Definition of lukewarm for English Language Learners

  • : slightly warm

  • : not enthusiastic : not having or showing energy or excitement


LUKEWARM Defined for Kids

lukewarm

adjective luke·warm \ ˈlük-ˈwȯrm \

Definition of lukewarm for Students

1 : slightly warm
  • lukewarm water
2 : not very interested or eager
  • We got a lukewarm response.


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