halfhearted

[ haf-hahr-tid, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˈhɑr tɪd, ˈhɑf- /

adjective

having or showing little enthusiasm: a halfhearted attempt to work.

Nearby words

  1. half-wit,
  2. half-witted,
  3. half-year,
  4. halfback,
  5. halfbeak,
  6. halfheartedly,
  7. halfhourly,
  8. halfies,
  9. halfling,
  10. halfmoon

Origin of halfhearted

First recorded in 1605–15; half + heart + -ed3

Related formshalf·heart·ed·ly, adverbhalf·heart·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for half-hearted

half-hearted

adjective

without enthusiasm or determination
Derived Formshalf-heartedly, adverbhalf-heartedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for half-hearted

half-hearted

adj.

also halfhearted, early 15c.; see half + hearted. Related: halfheartedly; halfheartedness. English in 17c. also had half-headed "stupid."

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