Definition of lukewarm adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌluːkˈwɔːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌluːkˈwɔːrm//
    (often disapproving) Showing interest
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  1. 1slightly warm synonym tepid Our food was only lukewarm. Heat the milk until it is just lukewarm. Synonymscoldcool freezing chilly lukewarm tepidThese words all describe somebody/​something 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 heating up. Outside it was bitterly cold. a cold wind hot and cold water It’s cold chicken for lunch.cool (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 0° Celsius:It’s absolutely freezing outside. I’m freezing!chilly (rather informal) too cold to be comfortable:Bring a coat. It might turn 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 jug 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. See related entries: Showing interest
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from dialect luke (probably from dialect lew ‘lukewarm’ and related to lee) + warm.Extra examples She was distinctly lukewarm about my idea. Add half a cup of lukewarm water to the mixture. He was disappointed by the lukewarm support from Washington. Her coffee was now lukewarm. Mr Cameron is lukewarm about the idea. The food was barely lukewarm. Union leaders were at best lukewarm in their response.
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