halfhearted vs lukewarm what difference

what is difference between halfhearted and lukewarm

English

Alternative forms

  • half-hearted

Etymology

From half +‎ hearted.

Pronunciation

Adjective

halfhearted (comparative more halfhearted, superlative most halfhearted)

  1. Lacking full energy, effort, commitment, or resolve.
    Synonym: lukewarm
  2. (obsolete) Lacking in heart or spirit; ungenerous; unkind.
    • such animals,
      Half-hearted creatures, as these are, your fox there

Derived terms

  • halfheartedly
  • halfheartedness

Translations

See also

  • insincere
  • tepid
  • wholehearted

Further reading

  • halfhearted at OneLook Dictionary Search


English

Etymology

From Middle English leukwarm, lukewarm (lukewarm, tepid), equivalent to luke (lukewarm) +‎ warm. Compare Saterland Frisian luukwoarm (lukewarm), German Low German luukwarm (lukewarm), German lauwarm (lukewarm). First element believed to be an alteration of Middle English lew (tepid) (> English dialectal lew), from Old English hlēow (warm, sunny), from Proto-Germanic *hliwjaz, *hlēwaz, *hlūmaz, *hleumaz (warm), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱal(w)e-, *ḱel(w)e-, *k(‘)lēw- (warm, hot). Cognate with Dutch lauw (tepid), German lau (lukewarm), Faroese lýggjur (warm), Swedish ljum (lukewarm), ljummen (lukewarm) and ly (warm), Danish lummer (muggy), Danish and Norwegian lunken (tepid), dialectal Swedish ljummen (lukewarm).

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)m
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌluːkˈwɔːm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌlukˈwɔɹm/, /ˈluk.wɔɹm/

Adjective

lukewarm (comparative lukewarmer or more lukewarm, superlative lukewarmest or most lukewarm)

  1. (temperature) Between warm and cool.
  2. Unenthusiastic (about a proposal or an idea).

Synonyms

  • lew (dialect)
  • luke (rare)
  • tepid

Derived terms

  • lukecold

Translations


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