Definition of lukewarm in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlo͞okwôrm/


1(Of liquid or food that should be hot) only moderately warm; tepid: they drank bitter lukewarm coffee
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  • I noted the name, booked a table and was surprised to find lukewarm food and chilly service.
  • 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.
tepid, slightly warm, warmish, at room temperature, chambré
1.1(Of a person, attitude, or action) unenthusiastic: the universities were lukewarm about the proposal from the start
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  • These lukewarm attitudes open up the possibility that some may ultimately decide to sit out this election.
  • But it is not right for the government to take such a lukewarm attitude.
  • The polling has indicated only lukewarm support, and that at a time when emotions about child murder are running exceptionally high.
indifferent, cool, halfhearted, apathetic, unenthusiastic, tepid, perfunctory, noncommittal, lackadaisical, unenthused
informal laid-back, couldn't-care-less



Example sentences
  • This led the Alliance to lukewarmly advocate airpower and little else.
  • Overall, voters reacted only lukewarmly to negative ads and somewhat more warmly to positive ads.
  • Theirs is a sequel film received lukewarmly by media snobs though quite popular based on box-office numbers.


Example sentences
  • Madeline was a lush and a wine snob, a vegetarian, and a dreadful cook (once she had poached a thick hunk of cod to just that degree of lukewarmness that had reanimated the little white worms inside).
  • Jesus' invitation spoken from outside their doors is a request for fellowship with any individual, who will repent of and overcome the spiritual lukewarmness of their lives.
  • It is an urgent call to remain steadfast despite suffering, to repent of complacency and compromise, to move from lukewarmness and the middle of the road to heated commitment, and from disillusionment and despair to confidence and hope.


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

Words that rhyme with lukewarm

conform, corm, dorm, form, forme, haulm, Maugham, misinform, norm, outperform, perform, shawm, storm, swarm, transform, underperform, warm

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Syllabification: luke·warm

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