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 even at home, even just lukewarm with their crispy days behind them, these Chris Madrid’s fries ($3.25 for a heaping medium size) are better than most places on their best days. Mike Sutter,, "San Antonio restaurant takeout all-stars: Battalion, Chris Madrid’s and Pharm Table keep the fires burning during coronavirus crisis," 7 May 2020 Undergraduates already seemed lukewarm toward virtual higher education; only about 20 percent took even one online course in the fall of 2018, the consulting firm Eduventures estimates. Jon Marcus, New York Times, "Will the Coronavirus Forever Alter the College Experience?," 23 Apr. 2020 After all, what’s so fun about eating ruined food and drinking lukewarm drinks? The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Reasons You Need a Soft-sided Cooler," 22 Apr. 2020 Industry officials believe the central bank supports such a plan, while Treasury officials are seen as more lukewarm. ... Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "Mnuchin Under Growing Pressure to Help Struggling Mortgage Companies," 16 Apr. 2020 Jason Witten, who turns 38 in May, found lukewarm interest from the Cowboys on a potential 17th season with the organization. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Pre-draft position preview: Jason Witten’s departure from Cowboys paves way for the Blake Jarwin show," 12 Apr. 2020 As a result, experts - like Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, Trump's leading infectious-diseases advisers - are at best lukewarm about the drug as a covid-19 treatment. Author: Paul Farhi, Anchorage Daily News, "For Fox News hosts, the hydroxychloroquine controversy is fuel for the culture war," 11 Apr. 2020 His tenure on the Intelligence Committee had also been brief, and Republican support for his nomination was lukewarm. CBS News, "Trump nominates Congressman John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence," 28 Feb. 2020 The crust was better (maybe too crispy), but the cheese on top was still lukewarm at best. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "The best way to reheat pizza," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Lukewarm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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