- The definition of lukewarm is someone or something not very warm or lacking in enthusiasm.
- An example of lukewarm is coffee after it's been sitting out for thirty minutes.
- An example of lukewarm is someone who reluctantly hugs another person.
lukewarm definition by Webster's New World
- barely or moderately warm: said of liquids
- not very warm or enthusiastic: lukewarm praise
Origin: Middle English luke warme ; from luke, tepid (akin to Low German luk, Dutch leuk, tepid ; from Indo-European an unverified form kleu- ; from base an unverified form kel-, warm from source Old English hleowe, tepid, Classical Latin calere, to be warm) plush warm, warm
lukewarm definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Mildly warm; tepid.
- Lacking conviction or enthusiasm; indifferent: gave only lukewarm support to the incumbent candidate.
Origin: Middle English leukwarm : leuk, luke (possibly alteration of leu, from Old English hlēow; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots) + warm, warm; see warm.
- lukeˈwarmˈly adverb