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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. 2017.
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  • They assure patients with absolute confidence, while the physician only too often says the same thing, but half-heartedly.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • He made a motion of his hand, half-heartedly inviting her to enter.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • "I'm ridin' back to the ranch to-day," he said half-heartedly.

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

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • “We might stay for one more camp-fire,” Hunt Ward suggested, half-heartedly.

    Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • "The other lads will be having sport," he said half-heartedly.

    Soldier Rigdale Beulah Marie Dix
  • She came just in time to catch Donald in the act of half-heartedly trying to conceal a deep yawn.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • Joe objected, but half-heartedly, and ended by taking the train for home.

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