Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exhibiting or feeling little interest, enthusiasm, or heart; uninspired: a halfhearted attempt at writing a novel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative spelling of half-hearted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanting in heart or spirit; ungenerous; unkind.
  • adj. Lacking zeal or courage; performed with less than a full effort; lukewarm; unenthusiastic; ; -- of actions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or showing little generosity; illiberal; ungenerous; unkind.
  • Having or showing little eagerness, enthusiasm, or determination; not earnest; lukewarm: as, half-hearted partizanship; a half-hearted apologist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm
  • adj. feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm

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Examples

  • "It's what I call a halfhearted economic advance," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Inc.

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  • Disgusted by what they described as halfhearted efforts at investigating the crime, many of Politkovskaya's supporters greeted the news of the suspects 'acquittal with grim acceptance.

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  • The report contrasts the strong words the Obama administration aims at the North with what it calls "halfhearted" U.S. actions to deal with the nuclear standoff.

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  • The janitor came to the attention of police almost immediately after they arrived because they saw him administering CPR to the body in a "halfhearted" manner, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said.

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  • A couple of D.F. transit cops observe us with halfhearted attention.

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  • She gave him a halfhearted shrug as she basted the turkey.

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  • He gave me a halfhearted smile and reached behind the seat of the truck to hold up a heavy green canvas trail pack.

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  • But most of the unattached men in town had made at least a halfhearted attempt to flirt with me.

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