lukewarm

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English lukewarme ‎(lukewarm, tepid), equivalent to luke ‎(lukewarm) +‎ warm. 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 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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Adjective[edit]

lukewarm ‎(not comparable)

  1. (temperature) Between warm and cool.
    Wash it in lukewarm water.
  2. (social) Not very enthusiastic (about a proposal or an idea).
    The suggestion met with only a lukewarm response.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 10, The Celebrity:
      The skipper Mr. Cooke had hired at Far Harbor was a God-fearing man with a luke warm interest in his new billet and employer, and had only been prevailed upon to take charge of the yacht after the offer of an emolument equal to half a year's sea pay of an ensign in the navy.

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