[haf-hahr-tid, hahf-]
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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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  1. without enthusiasm or determination
Derived Formshalf-heartedly, adverbhalf-heartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for half-hearted

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

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