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[haf-hahr-tid, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈhɑr tɪd, ˈhɑf-/
having or showing little enthusiasm:
a halfhearted attempt to work.
Origin of halfhearted
First recorded in 1605-15; half + heart + -ed3
Related forms
halfheartedly, adverb
halfheartedness, noun
indifferent, uninterested, cold, cool, perfunctory.
enthusiastic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Marzak, pacing beside his father, listened but half-heartedly to these reminiscences.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He made a motion of his hand, half-heartedly inviting her to enter.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • “She ought to go to school, Madge,” argued Mrs. Curtis half-heartedly.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • "Oh, I used to be pretty fair," he said half-heartedly, plunging into the distant past.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • However, we continued, half-heartedly on his part, to shove our way on into the wood.

  • It was only half-heartedly that he continued to hold himself.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • Mr. Chickadee was doing only part of his duty, and only half-heartedly at that!


    Dallas Lore Sharp
  • "The other lads will be having sport," he said half-heartedly.

    Soldier Rigdale Beulah Marie Dix

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