half-hearted half-hearted

Definition(s):

  • (adj) feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Not until the advent of Signor Mussolini and his Fascist! has any government dared to put down their wholesale lawlessness, although many half-hearted attempts have been made.
  2. How Soccer Moms Became Security Moms Joe Klein on the half-hearted effort to establish real homeland security.
  3. As Cold Wars go, NATO's season of half-hearted saber-rattling at Russia over its summer offensive in Georgia was decidedly brief, and tepid.

News

  1. 'The Real World: Portland' finale: Slogging to a dreary end (recap)

    The long-awaited (by me) finale of "The Real World: Portland" finishes with a whimper, amid more bizarre behavior, rehashing of old arguments, and half-hearted apologies.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Oregonian

  2. Gary Neal, Danny Green Outperforming Heat’s Role Players, As Spurs Have Been Better ‘Team’ So Far

    Dwyane Wade dribbled around tentatively, made a half-hearted move to drive, then yo-yoed the ball back out to the 3-point line. He and the Miami Heat were trying to endure a stretch with LeBron James on the bench, which really should not have been as hard as they were making it look on this second-quarter […]
    on June 12, 2013     Source: New England Sports Network

  3. 7 Underwhelming Things Apple Introduced Today

    Apple's big yearly developer conference, WWDC, was held today, and boy, do we miss Steve Jobs. Unlike Apple events of years past, which contained some real gasp-inducing introductions and hewed to a familiar formula yet felt consistently fresh, today's WWDC rollouts felt stale and half-hearted.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: New York Magazine

Quotes

  1. "As you train and you get ready leading up to the season, sometimes you wait for that feeling to come, and for me that feeling didn't come when camp was there," Strahan said. "So instead of going out there and being half-hearted and probably...
    on Sep 4, 2007 By: Michael Strahan Source: New York Times

  2. Basile told Argentine television: "I hope both leave that club as soon as possible. I think they are half-hearted and I'm really worried about that. They play as if they are unenthusiastic. I hope for God's sake that Mascherano can go to Juventus as...
    on Oct 6, 2006 By: Alfio Basile Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  3. ...30-cap Cooper, who will compete for a place at Kingsholm with the Scottish international Rory Lawson, described his move as the opportunity of a lifetime, adding: "There is nothing half-hearted in what they are trying to achieve in the...
    on Mar 19, 2007 By: Gareth Cooper Source: guardian.co.uk

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