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 (hăf′här′tĭd, häf′-)
Exhibiting or feeling little interest, enthusiasm, or heart; uninspired: a halfhearted attempt at writing a novel.

half′heart′ed·ly adv.
half′heart′ed·ness n.


(ˈhæfˈhɑr tɪd, ˈhɑf-)

having or showing little enthusiasm.
half′heart′edly, adv.
half′heart′ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.halfhearted - feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm; "a halfhearted effort"; "gave only lukewarm support to the candidate"
unenthusiastic - not enthusiastic; lacking excitement or ardor; "an unenthusiastic performance by the orchestra"; "unenthusiastic applause"


Lacking warmth, interest, enthusiasm, or involvement:
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After university I thought, whatever I do next I want to throw myself into and not do halfheartedly.
A police spokesman said here that the SHO, investigation officer and assistant subinspector were asked to probe a case, but they done it very halfheartedly and failed to collect sufficient evidence.
PPP leader Shazia Murree said that her party halfheartedly accepted the bill to set up military courts, adding that it was a tough call for every democratic worker to support the courts.
Pakistan's federal budget for 2014-15 has drawn mixed reaction from expatriate community, who complaint that the pro-business government has imposed little taxes on the country's elite class halfheartedly.
She said: "We have been looking to move out of the city centre into a house, but we have really only been looking halfheartedly, but this has given us a real incentive to step things up.
Meanwhile, the rest of TV's Cockney rabble queued up to look suspicious as we all halfheartedly tried to work out who killed Archie Mitchell.
I see what friends go through, so I think you can't do that halfheartedly.
He was desperate to pee, but wouldn't stop eating long enough to do so, so he peed halfheartedly as he ate.
Outside, the gang members first halfheartedly tried to help the wounded Clark into the vehicle.
I have noticed that when I follow General Lorenz's advice and ask people how they are doing three times in a row, they answer sincerely and not halfheartedly.
The story is simple: Joseph, a young crewman on a cargo ship, is halfheartedly engaged to a local girl, Georgette, while becoming obsessed with Miss Anabella, a high-wire artist he sees at a traveling circus.
When he finally entered the race in September, he did so halfheartedly - skipping a New Hampshire debate to make his announcement on NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno.