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[haf-hahr-tid, hahf-]
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  1. having or showing little enthusiasm: a halfhearted attempt to work.
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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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  • 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.

  • 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