[ look-wawrm ]
/ ˈlukˈwɔrm /


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

Related forms

luke·warm·ly, adverbluke·warm·ness, luke·warmth, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lukewarm


/ (ˌluːkˈwɔːm) /


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

Derived Forms

lukewarmly, adverblukewarmness, noun

Word Origin for lukewarm

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