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halfhearted

[haf-hahr-tid, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈhɑr tɪd, ˈhɑf-/
adjective
1.
having or showing little enthusiasm:
a halfhearted attempt to work.
Origin of halfhearted
1605-1615
1605-15; half + heart + -ed3
Related forms
halfheartedly, adverb
halfheartedness, noun
Synonyms
indifferent, uninterested, cold, cool, perfunctory.
Antonyms
enthusiastic.
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  • half-hearted England failed because treachery was lurking in her ranks from the beginning.

    Sketches of the Covenanters J. C. McFeeters
  • Had he stopped there her belief would have only been half-hearted.

    Kept in the Dark Anthony Trollope
  • The threats of the military authorities only stirred them to half-hearted efforts.

    With the Turks in Palestine Alexander Aaronsohn
  • I had never known him handle a case in such a half-hearted fashion.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But either the burghers were half-hearted or there was no real intention to make a stand.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for half-hearted

half-hearted

adjective
1.
without enthusiasm or determination
Derived Forms
half-heartedly, adverb
half-heartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for half-hearted
adj.

also halfhearted, early 15c.; see half + hearted. Related: halfheartedly; halfheartedness. English in 17c. also had half-headed "stupid."

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