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- Not sincere; lacking full energy, effort, commitment, or resolve.
- He made a half-hearted attempt to read the chapter before giving up and dozing off.
2012 May 9, Jonathan Wilson, “Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao”, the Guardian:
- There were chants against the domestic league's president Dumitru Dragomir and also a half-hearted two-man pitch invasion by Universitatea Craiova fans protesting at the expulsion of their club from the league.
Not sincere; lacking full energy