- having or showing little enthusiasm: a halfhearted attempt to work.
Origin of halfhearted
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indifferent, uninterested, cold, cool, perfunctory.
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Examples from the Web for half-hearted
Then there were those songs that were either too half-baked or half-hearted to even fool us into turning them into smash hits.Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Us From This Awful Musical Summer?
July 30, 2014
Your query will be answered with a blank stare, followed by a long pause and half-hearted reply: My accountant?
So, in “The Runaways,” Don engages in a half-hearted ménage-a-trois AND outsmarts his frenemies.Mad Men’s ‘The Runaways’: Three-Way Sex and Self-Mutilation in the Craziest Episode Yet
May 12, 2014
The early scandal, but really it was a blip of gossip with half-hearted twangs, was that Sonja had a younger beau.Betrayal, Blowjobs, and Bitchery: the 'Real Housewives' Get Really Desperate
March 12, 2014
The crowd on the floor responded with a half-hearted murmur of assent.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In
August 14, 2013
At the same time, what's the world for, if you're to meet it in that half-hearted way?Wilfrid Cumbermede
Old friends were gone from him; new friends were but half-hearted.
But this being so, and you but half-hearted, I tell you, it is too dangerous a game to play for groats.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
Had he stopped there her belief would have only been half-hearted.Kept in the Dark
I had never known him handle a case in such a half-hearted fashion.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
- without enthusiasm or determination
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Word Origin and History for half-hearted
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