feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm

a halfhearted effort


gave only lukewarm support to the candidate

Syn: ↑half-hearted, ↑tepid, ↑lukewarm
Similar to: ↑unenthusiastic
Derivationally related forms: ↑lukewarmness (for: ↑lukewarm), ↑tepidness (for: ↑tepid)

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