\ \ [14] Lukewarm is a compound adjective based on the now obsolete Middle English luketepid’. It is not altogether clear where this came from, but it is generally assumed to be a derivative of the also now obsolete lew(fairly) warm’, with perhaps a diminutive suffix. Lew goes back to an Old English hlēowwarm’, a variant of which became modern English leeshelter’. It is related to Latin calorheat’ (source of English calorie), calidushot’ (source of English caudle, cauldron, and chowder), and calērebe hot’ (source of English nonchalant).

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