Lukewarm meaning

lo͝okwôrm
Mildly warm; tepid.
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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.

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Of a temperature between warm and cool.

Wash it in lukewarm water.

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Not very enthusiastic (about a proposal or an idea).

The suggestion met with only a lukewarm response.

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Lacking conviction or enthusiasm; indifferent.

Gave only lukewarm support to the incumbent candidate.

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Barely or moderately warm.
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Not very warm or enthusiastic.

Lukewarm praise.

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Origin of lukewarm

  • Middle English leukwarm leuk, luke (possibly alteration of leu) (from Old English hlēow kelə-1 in Indo-European roots) warm warm warm

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English lukewarme (“lukewarm, tepid"), equivalent to luke (“lukewarm") +"Ž warm. First element believed to be an alteration of Middle English lew (“tepid") (> English dialectal lew), from Old English hlÄ“ow (“warm, sunny"), from Proto-Germanic *hliwjaz, *hlÄ“waz, *hlÅ«maz, *hleumaz (“warm"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱal(w)e-, *ḱel(w)e-, *k(')lÄ“w- (“warm, hot"). Cognate with Dutch lauw (“tepid"), German lauwarm (“lukewarm"), Faroese lýggjur (“warm"), Swedish ljum (“lukewarm"), ljummen (“lukewarm") and ly (“warm"), Danish lummer (“muggy"), Danish and Norwegian lunken (“tepid"), Swedish dialectal ljummen (“lukewarm").

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