Definition of lukewarm in English:

lukewarm

adjective

  • 1(of liquid or food that should be hot) only moderately warm; tepid.

    ‘they drank bitter lukewarm coffee’
    • ‘Cool until lukewarm then beat with a whisk or electric beaters until creamy.’
    • ‘These are mixed with lukewarm water and left in a warm place until slightly fermented and sour, a process which takes, on average, a week.’
    • ‘But then we saw that it was just a lukewarm plate of banana, apple and kiwi slices.’
    • ‘She said looking at her coffee cup again, it was lukewarm now and she hadn't drank any yet.’
    • ‘Sipping coffee that is lukewarm, he reads about a thing called False Memory Syndrome.’
    • ‘Lauren's head throbs as she reaches for the lukewarm cup of coffee to her side.’
    • ‘I noted the name, booked a table and was surprised to find lukewarm food and chilly service.’
    • ‘Later we were taken for lunch to a state restaurant where lukewarm fish, vegetables and rice were produced from a chilly kitchen.’
    • ‘He played with his fork, stirring the lukewarm stew on his tray, pushing lumps of meat substitute around from side to side but not eating anything.’
    • ‘Ignoring the pain, Kirby poured herself some lukewarm tea into the thermos' cup.’
    • ‘I was eating scrambled eggs for breakfast, accustomed to the lukewarm food by now.’
    • ‘School lunches are a slice of ham or turkey with lukewarm potatoes or corn.’
    • ‘Take the 1 cup lukewarm water and mix the package of yeast into it.’
    • ‘She picked up the blue mug with TUESDAY written on the side and took a sip of lukewarm coffee.’
    • ‘The food was excellent quality, the service good and, for once, our pizza did not arrive lukewarm in a box.’
    • ‘The only drawbacks were the not so warm soup and lukewarm hot appetizers.’
    • ‘Winnie pushed away her unfinished toast and drained her glass of lukewarm tea.’
    • ‘Set the clarified butter aside to cool until lukewarm.’
    • ‘Nick was less impressed with his cod loin, complaining it was too small while the sauce was bland and lukewarm.’
    • ‘Use only lukewarm water; cool water may cause shivering, which actually raises body temperature.’
    tepid, slightly warm, warmish, blood-hot, blood-warm, at room temperature, at skin temperature
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    1. 1.1 (of a person, attitude, or action) unenthusiastic.
      ‘the universities were lukewarm about the proposal from the start’
      • ‘Once I did run a rather lukewarm review and I can tell you, I felt bad about it.’
      • ‘The plan had received lukewarm support from fellow politicians.’
      • ‘These lukewarm attitudes open up the possibility that some may ultimately decide to sit out this election.’
      • ‘The film opened in US cinemas on February 10 and met with lukewarm reviews.’
      • ‘My support of Congress is grudging and lukewarm - for lack of anything better.’
      • ‘And her first film, The Virgin Suicides, received only a lukewarm response.’
      • ‘The response of secular political parties to the movement so far has been lukewarm.’
      • ‘But even Sweden, one of the countries that wanted to reduce its spending, was lukewarm on the proposals.’
      • ‘The response at the end of his speech was decidedly lukewarm.’
      • ‘However, his arrival on Capitol Hill is likely to elicit a lukewarm reception.’
      • ‘And, since the wedding was announced on February 10, the reaction has been somewhat lukewarm.’
      • ‘But it is not right for the government to take such a lukewarm attitude.’
      • ‘By the use of that euphemism it is assumed you seek to address those lukewarm, apathetic or lapsed individuals who think as you do.’
      • ‘She then came up to Capitol Hill, as you mentioned, and got a pretty lukewarm reception.’
      • ‘The effort flopped amid claims that he was lukewarm, despite his public protestations of support.’
      • ‘Food critics, too, are decidedly lukewarm.’
      • ‘The reviews have been rather lukewarm for the movie.’
      • ‘The polling has indicated only lukewarm support, and that at a time when emotions about child murder are running exceptionally high.’
      • ‘The proposal has so far drawn only a lukewarm response from Arab nations.’
      • ‘Holmes, a fullback in high school, seems lukewarm to the idea.’
      indifferent, cool, half-hearted, apathetic, unenthusiastic, tepid, uninterested, unconcerned, offhand, lackadaisical, perfunctory, phlegmatic, impassive, dispassionate, emotionless, passionless, limp, non-committal, unresponsive, unmoved
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Origin

Late Middle English: from dialect luke (probably from dialect lew lukewarm and related to lee) + warm.

Pronunciation:

lukewarm

/ˈlo͞okwôrm/