lukewarmly

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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