[ look-wawrm ]
/ ˈlukˈwɔrm /


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

Nearby words

  1. lukacs,
  2. lukan,
  3. lukas,
  4. luke,
  5. luke, the gospel according to,
  6. lukewarmly,
  7. luks,
  8. luks, george benjamin,
  9. lukács,
  10. lukács, györgy

Origin of lukewarm

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

Related formsluke·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 Formslukewarmly, adverblukewarmness, noun

Word Origin for lukewarm

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

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Word Origin and History for lukewarm



late 14c., from luke + warm (adj.). Figurative sense of "lacking in zeal" (of persons or their actions) is from 1520s. Related: Lukewarmly; lukewarmness.

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