lukewarm

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adjective luke·warm \ˈlük-ˈwȯrm\

Definition of lukewarm

  1. 1 :  moderately warm :  tepid

  2. 2 :  lacking conviction :  halfhearted <gave them only lukewarm support>

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.

Origin and Etymology of lukewarm

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


First Known Use: 14th century


LUKEWARM Defined for English Language Learners

lukewarm

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adjective luke·warm \ˈlük-ˈwȯrm\

Definition of lukewarm for English Language Learners

  • : slightly warm

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


LUKEWARM Defined for Kids

lukewarm

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adjective luke·warm \ˈlük-ˈwȯrm\

Definition of lukewarm for Students

  1. 1 :  slightly warm <lukewarm water>

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



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