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Definition of lukewarm adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (often disapproving)
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  1. 1slightly warm synonym tepid Our food was only lukewarm. Heat the milk until it is just lukewarm. Thesauruscoldcool freezing chilly lukewarm tepidThese words all describe a person or thing that has a low temperature.cold having a temperature that is lower than usual or lower than the human body; (of food or drink) not heated; cooled after being cooked:I'm cold. Turn the heat up. It was bitterly cold outside. a cold wind hot and cold water I often have cold pizza for (often approving) fairly cold, especially in a pleasant way:a long cool drink We found a cool place to sit.freezing extremely cold; having a temperature below 32°F:It's absolutely freezing outside. I'm freezing!chilly (somewhat informal) too cold to be comfortable:Bring a coat. It might get chilly later.lukewarm (often disapproving) slightly warm, sometimes in an unpleasant way:Her coffee was now lukewarm.tepid (often disapproving) slightly warm, sometimes in an unpleasant way:a glass of tepid waterlukewarm or tepid?There is really no difference in meaning or use between these words.Patterns to feel/get cold/cool/chilly cold/cool/freezing/chilly air/weather a cold/cool/freezing/chilly wind cold/cool/freezing/lukewarm/tepid water a cold/cool/lukewarm/tepid shower/bath cold/lukewarm/tepid tea/coffee/food a cold/cool drink It's cold/chilly/freezing outside.
  2. 2not interested or enthusiastic a lukewarm response lukewarm about somebody/something She was lukewarm about the plan.
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