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 Sanchez, 54, of San Fernando, is lukewarm on Newsom. Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, his support for coronavirus vaccines has been lukewarm. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 At first, the reception was lukewarm; adjusting to anyone besides Trebek was tough. Emily Yahr, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2021 Yet India has been more lukewarm about the U.S. departure from Afghanistan. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 The Japanese are equally lukewarm about working overseas. The Economist, 6 Feb. 2021 Wilson track shorts, royal blue, elastic waistband and leg openings, wash in lukewarm water, use mild soap, do not bleach. New York Times, 17 June 2021 After a lukewarm relationship with the weight room earlier in her career, the 31-year-old has gained an appreciation for weightlifting and kept it as part of her recovery regimen. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2021 Neighbors played dominoes and drank lukewarm tequila. New York Times, 8 Aug. 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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“Lukewarm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 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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