- moderately warm; tepid.
- having or showing little ardor, zeal, or enthusiasm; indifferent: lukewarm applause.
Origin of lukewarm
1350–1400; Middle English lukewarme tepid, equivalent to luke tepid (unexplained alteration of lew, Old English gehlēow tepid) + warme warm
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2. halfhearted, cool, apathetic.
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Examples from the Web for lukewarm
There are reasons why New Jersey is lukewarm about its own Sen. Cory Booker—even while the rest of the country swoons.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy
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Even members of the Muslim Brotherhood are lukewarm on the aid cuts.General Al-Sisi’s Popularity Soars After U.S. Aid Cut-off To Egypt
October 10, 2013
The movie was a hit in the U.K., though the American response was lukewarm.‘Mad Men’ Premiere: A History of ‘Zou Bisou Bisou,’ Megan’s Sultry Song to Don
March 26, 2012
Jesse Singal wonders why the movement is so lukewarm to the likely GOP nominee.The Tea Party Should Adore Mitt Romney, So Why the Cold Feet?
March 22, 2012
Oh, now I see why I thought her affection measured and lukewarm.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Have ready some water, rather more than lukewarm, but not hot.Culture and Cooking
Every hour he had to get up to give the baby spoonfuls of lukewarm sugar and water.L'Assommoir
It should be stirred in thoroughly, but quickly; it must not be too hot, or too cold, but just lukewarm.
Put into lukewarm water, to which has been added one pint of old ale.
- (esp of water) moderately warm; tepid
- having or expressing little enthusiasm or conviction
C14 luke probably from Old English hlēow warm; compare German lauwarm
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Word Origin and History for lukewarm
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