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[haf-hahr-tid, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈhɑr tɪd, ˈhɑf-/
having or showing little enthusiasm:
a halfhearted attempt to work.
Origin of halfhearted
1605-15; half + heart + -ed3
Related forms
halfheartedly, adverb
halfheartedness, noun
indifferent, uninterested, cold, cool, perfunctory.
enthusiastic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The scene of the morning recurred to my mind, and my halfhearted effort to prevent him from accompanying us.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • A halfhearted effort was made to harness her up to "Elizabeth," but she flatly declined to answer to the appellation.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • Two or three women, far back in the hall, start a halfhearted handclapping.

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
  • We stood against them; were halfhearted, and were beaten; and then we petted them, and bit by bit our privileges were torn away.

  • The cow, shaking her head in a halfhearted defiance, followed.

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower

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