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halfhearted

[haf-hahr-tid, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈhɑr tɪd, ˈhɑf-/
adjective
1.
having or showing little enthusiasm:
a halfhearted attempt to work.
Origin of halfhearted
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; half + heart + -ed3
Related forms
halfheartedly, adverb
halfheartedness, noun
Synonyms
indifferent, uninterested, cold, cool, perfunctory.
Antonyms
enthusiastic.
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  • The cow, shaking her head in a halfhearted defiance, followed.

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower
  • A halfhearted effort was made to harness her up to "Elizabeth," but she flatly declined to answer to the appellation.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • We stood against them; were halfhearted, and were beaten; and then we petted them, and bit by bit our privileges were torn away.

  • The scene of the morning recurred to my mind, and my halfhearted effort to prevent him from accompanying us.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • The result in the way of incompetent and halfhearted teaching we all know.

    Some War-time Lessons

    Frederick P. (Frederick Paul) Keppel

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