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hairbrained

[hair-breynd] /ˈhɛərˌbreɪnd/
adjective

harebrained

or hairbrained

[hair-breynd] /ˈhɛərˌbreɪnd/
adjective
1.
giddy; reckless.
Origin of harebrained
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; hare + brained
Related forms
harebrainedly, adverb
harebrainedness, noun
Can be confused
harebrained, harelip.
Synonyms
rattlebrained, scatterbrained, half-baked, dimwitted.
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Examples from the Web for hairbrained
Historical Examples
  • This holiday excursion of a hairbrained youth was as transient as a border-foray on a large scale.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)

    John Addington Symonds
  • And the first and fundamental cause of your failure is, I think, your hairbrained, unquenchable youth.

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    Leona Dalrymple
  • Like his hairbrained, unquenchable youth, bright with folly, the sunsets and vanity lay in the past.

    Kenny

    Leona Dalrymple
  • A thousand things may happen if you carry out this hairbrained scheme of yours.

    To Win the Love He Sought

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  • You have even called me hairbrained, and perhaps you were right; but you know that I can be very serious when I wish.

British Dictionary definitions for hairbrained

hairbrained

/ˈhɛəˌbreɪnd/
adjective
1.
a variant spelling of harebrained

harebrained

/ˈhɛəˌbreɪnd/
adjective
1.
rash, foolish, or badly thought out: harebrained schemes
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