lukewarm

[ look-wawrm ]
/ ˈlukˈwɔrm /

adjective

moderately warm; tepid.
having or showing little ardor, zeal, or enthusiasm; indifferent: lukewarm applause.

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Origin of lukewarm

1350–1400; Middle English lukewarme tepid, equivalent to luke tepid (unexplained alteration of lew, Old English gehlēow tepid) + warme warm

OTHER WORDS FROM lukewarm

luke·warm·ly, adverbluke·warm·ness, luke·warmth, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lukewarm

lukewarm
/ (ˌluːkˈwɔːm) /

adjective

(esp of water) moderately warm; tepid
having or expressing little enthusiasm or conviction

Derived forms of lukewarm

lukewarmly, adverblukewarmness, noun

Word Origin for lukewarm

C14 luke probably from Old English hlēow warm; compare German lauwarm
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