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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Recent Examples on the Web But any entreaties to Bukele has so far been lukewarm. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, "El Salvador's president pushes ahead with power grab despite US condemnation," 4 May 2021 Despite expectations that a Biden Presidency would reverse many of the Trump-era strictures and return to the détente of the Obama era, the messaging from the White House has been lukewarm. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Cuba After the Castros," 28 Apr. 2021 Digging into a hot dish that's lukewarm is a disappointment. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Food Styling Tips from Celebrity Chefs to Try at Dinner Tonight," 13 Apr. 2021 That may be why Google and Amazon workers are lukewarm at best on union membership. Bobby Owsinski, Forbes, "Tech Union Of The Future, Meet Spotify," 11 Apr. 2021 Previously, the United States was lukewarm in advocating for such a policy shift. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "World leaders are making progress on a huge global tax overhaul," 7 Apr. 2021 Investors seem to be lukewarm on Baidu’s innovative prospects—and Beijing is busy cracking down on the country’s big tech players. David Meyer, Fortune, "AT&T chair Bill Kennard: ‘Legacy businesses have to disrupt themselves’," 23 Mar. 2021 This guy seems lukewarm at best about having hot and heavy ANYTHING., "Should I do more kissing with my hot friend?," 9 Apr. 2021 Fill sink with water — cool, lukewarm or warm, per the garment's labels — and place garments in. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Do Laundry: A Step-by-Step Guide on the Right Way to Sort, Wash and Dry," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Lukewarm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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