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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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