un·​en·​thu·​si·​as·​tic | \ ˌən-in-ˌthü-zē-ˈa-stik How to pronounce unenthusiastic (audio) , -en- also -ˌthyü- \

Definition of unenthusiastic

: having or showing a lack of excitement or enthusiasm : not enthusiastic an unenthusiastic response an unenthusiastic crowd

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unenthusiastically \ ˌən-​in-​ˌthü-​zē-​ˈa-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unenthusiastically (audio) , -​en-​ also  -​ˌthyü-​ \ adverb
a suggestion that was greeted unenthusiastically

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Recent Examples on the Web Some allies are focused on which potential running mate could most excite progressive voters who are currently unenthusiastic about Mr. Biden. Katie Glueck, New York Times, "How Will Joe Biden Find His Joe Biden?," 2 Apr. 2020 Reviewers were decidedly unenthusiastic about both films, bemoaning Travolta’s increasingly bad taste in scripts and his track record for appearing in direct-to-video clunkers. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "John Travolta wins Razzie Award for 2 movies filmed in Alabama," 16 Mar. 2020 Buttigieg has faced similarly unenthusiastic, if more engaged, crowds at NAACP and National Urban League events in Indianapolis. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Pete Buttigieg faces obstacles in the Nevada caucus and beyond. Here's what he needs.," 21 Feb. 2020 With the South Carolina primary on Saturday, California voters who are unenthusiastic about Sanders may want to see who comes out on top there before making their choices. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Sluggish mail balloting could mean packed polling places on election day," 28 Feb. 2020 That means that tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who are inclined to vote in a Republican primary are unenthusiastic about the president. Washington Post, "Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials," 20 Jan. 2020 For decades, as cities grew and development encroached on the countryside, mayors have been eager to expand, and homeowners have been unenthusiastic about paying higher taxes. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "For Shrinking Cities, an Aggressive Way to Dodge the Census Bullet," 17 Jan. 2020 Here are our fave things about the playroom, besides Baby Canon's unenthusiastic facial expressions as his sisters Riley and Ryan go estatic. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Rainbows and Unicorns Galore! Flour Shop's Amirah Kassem Remodeled Ayesha Curry's Playroom," 15 Jan. 2020 What if your interviewer hems and haws about answering, or comes across as distinctly unenthusiastic about the place? Anne Fisher, Fortune, "10 Questions to Ask In a Job Interview To Really Stand Out," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unenthusiastic

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Unenthusiastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unenthusiastic. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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: having or showing a lack of excitement or interest : not enthusiastic

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