lukewarm

[look-wawrm]
adjective
1.
moderately warm; tepid.
2.
having or showing little ardor, zeal, or enthusiasm; indifferent: lukewarm applause.

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

lukewarmly, adverb
lukewarmness, lukewarmth, noun


2. halfhearted, cool, apathetic.
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lukewarm (ˌluːkˈwɔːm)
 
adj
1.  (esp of water) moderately warm; tepid
2.  having or expressing little enthusiasm or conviction
 
[C14 luke probably from Old English hlēow warm; compare German lauwarm]
 
luke'warmly
 
adv
 
luke'warmness
 
n

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lukewarm
late 14c., from luke + warm. Figurative sense of "lacking in zeal" (of persons or their actions) is from 1520s.
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Example sentences
It also seems a bit unethical to write a lukewarm letter because a student
  wants to preserve their rights.
But in a lukewarm year for job growth, it's a sign that the economy is getting
  warmer.
She campaigned outside the party structure, with only lukewarm support from its
  grandees.
The reception is always lukewarm for those movies, so that's not new.
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