Half-hearted
halfhearted half"heart`ed, Half-hearted Half"-heart`ed(-h[aum]rt`[e^]d), a. 1. Wanting in heart or spirit; ungenerous; unkind. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. Lacking zeal or courage; performed with less than a full effort; lukewarm; unenthusiastic; as, a half-hearted attempt; -- of actions. [WordNet sense 1] --H. James. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • half-hearted — (adj.) also halfhearted, early 15c.; see HALF (Cf. half) + HEARTED (Cf. hearted). Related: halfheartedly; halfheartedness. English in 17c. also had half headed stupid …   Etymology dictionary

  • half-hearted — half heart|ed [ ,hæf hartəd ] adjective done with no real interest or enthusiasm: a half hearted attempt The celebrations were rather half hearted. ╾ half heart|ed|ly adverb ╾ half heart|ed|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • half-hearted — half heart|ed [ˌha:f ˈha:tıd US ˌhæf ˈha:r ] adj done without much effort and without much interest in the result ▪ Congress has made half hearted attempts at finance reform. >half heartedly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • half-hearted — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ without enthusiasm or energy. DERIVATIVES half heartedly adverb half heartedness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • half-hearted — ADJ GRADED If someone does something in a half hearted way, they do it without any real effort, interest, or enthusiasm. Joanna had made one or two half hearted attempts to befriend Graham s young wife. ...a half hearted apology... In truth, her… …   English dictionary

  • half-hearted — adjective a half hearted attempt to do something is done without much effort and without much interest in the result: She made a half hearted attempt to be friendly. half heartedly adverb half heartedness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • half-hearted — UK [ˌhɑːf ˈhɑː(r)tɪd] / US [ˌhæf ˈhɑrtəd] adjective done with no real interest or enthusiasm a half hearted attempt The celebrations were rather half hearted. Derived words: half heartedly adverb half heartedness noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • half-hearted — a half hearted attempt to do something lacks effort and enthusiasm. I made a half hearted attempt to start a conversation with him and then gave up …   New idioms dictionary

  • half-hearted — using half your ability, not giving enough effort    He made a half hearted attempt to find our luggage: one phone call …   English idioms

  • half-hearted — {adj.} Lacking enthusiasm or interest. * /Phil made several half hearted attempts to learn word processing, but we could see that he didn t really like it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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