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[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
lukewarmly, adverb
lukewarmness, lukewarmth, noun
2. halfhearted, cool, apathetic. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lukewarm


(esp of water) moderately warm; tepid
having or expressing little enthusiasm or conviction
Derived Forms
lukewarmly, adverb
lukewarmness, noun
Word Origin
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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