[haf-hahr-tid, hahf-]


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

Origin of halfhearted

First recorded in 1605–15; half + heart + -ed3
Related formshalf·heart·ed·ly, adverbhalf·heart·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for halfhearted

Antonyms for halfhearted

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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.