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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: luke 'lukewarm' (13-19 centuries) (perhaps from Old English hleow 'warm') + warm

lukewarm

adjective
     
luke‧warm
1DF food, liquid etc that is lukewarm is slightly warm and often not as hot or cold as it should be [= tepid]:
She sipped some lukewarm coffee from her mug.
2 not showing much interest or excitement:
His idea got only a lukewarm response from the committee.
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