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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Stir the milk and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar in a medium saucepan over low heat just until the sugar dissolves (the milk will be lukewarm)., "Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Flan," 4 Sep. 2019 Their lukewarm season began adrift, with eight losses in 11 games on the West Coast. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Red Sox Confront a New Curse," 8 Sep. 2019 Describing Pence’s lukewarm endorsement of Ted Cruz that also included praise for Trump, LoBianco quotes an unnamed Cruz aide saying that Pence doesn’t make his own decisions but is manipulated by staff. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "'What are we going to do Mike?': Trump's victory posed problems for Pence and his wife, new book says," 7 Sep. 2019 What remains is this: a few sips of a lukewarm beverage served in an atmosphere of mutual dislike and suspicion. Rob Long, National Review, "In Praise of Free Refills," 22 Aug. 2019 The Celtics, who entered the year with NBA Finals hopes, were walloped in the second round of the playoffs by the Bucks after a lukewarm regular season. Adam Himmelsbach,, "For Gordon Hayward, summer has been about ‘reps,’ not vacation," 20 Aug. 2019 And by the way, those cold cartons of milk were MUCH better than the lukewarm milk in my Thermos on the days my mom packed my lunch. Ann Norman,, "If you could relive one school year, which would it be and why?," 16 Aug. 2019 Democrats openly dismissed the Republican congressman as an unqualified partisan and Republicans offered only lukewarm and tentative expressions of support. Jonathan Lemire, Twin Cities, "Trump pick for national intelligence director is withdrawing," 3 Aug. 2019 Democrats openly dismissed the Republican congressman as an unqualified partisan and Republicans offered only lukewarm and tentative expressions of support. Jonathan Lemire, The Denver Post, "Trump’s pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, is withdrawing," 2 Aug. 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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