lukewarm

adjective
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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View this post on Instagram Currently wrapped in a somewhat scabby old blanket, with a face mask on, clutching a lukewarm coffee while attempting and failing to get some decent writing done 🙂 Send help. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My ASOS Oversized Leather Jacket," 6 Mar. 2019 Reviewers so far have been lukewarm on GM’s Marketplace. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Ordering Coffee Through Your Car? New Apps Turn Cars Into Smartphones, Raising Safety Questions," 19 Sep. 2018 The tech billionaire, in his first-ever congressional appearance, apologized and said steps had been taken to prevent further privacy breaches but was lukewarm on government regulation. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: How it will be, there's one for you, 19 for me — here comes the tax man," 16 Apr. 2018 Still, analysts blamed the lukewarm trading session on investors’ fixation with ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Close Lower as Investors Wait for Next Steps on Trade," 26 Feb. 2019 When Microsoft announced the standalone versions of Office last year, known as Office 2019, Microsoft’s attitude seemed decidedly lukewarm. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft dismisses Office 2019 as old and dumb in videos promoting Office 365 subscriptions," 6 Feb. 2019 If this happens to you and the ring has been outside of your body for fewer than three hours, NuvaRing’s prescribing information recommends washing the ring with cool or lukewarm (not hot) water and inserting it again. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Insert NuvaRing So It Stays in Place," 25 Jan. 2019 Mai begins by massaging Burt’s Bees Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin into her skin, leaving it on for a few minutes, and then rinsing it off with lukewarm water to open up her pores. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Watch Ella Mai’s Five-Minute Guide to Sensitive Skin Care," 6 Feb. 2019 The Points Guy website, now owned by Red Ventures, gave the card a lukewarm review. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Rewards Credit Cards Gained a Fanatic Following—Now Banks Are Pulling Back," 1 Jan. 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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lukewarm

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lukewarm

: slightly warm
: not enthusiastic : not having or showing energy or excitement

lukewarm

adjective
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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