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lukewarm

[ look-wawrm ]
/ ˈlukˈwɔrm /
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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) + warmewarm

OTHER WORDS FROM lukewarm

lukewarmly, adverblukewarmness, lukewarmth, 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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