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half-baked

[haf-beykt, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈbeɪkt, ˈhɑf-/
adjective
1.
insufficiently cooked.
2.
not completed; insufficiently planned or prepared:
a half-baked proposal for tax reform.
3.
lacking mature judgment or experience; unrealistic.
Origin of half-baked
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25
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  • And so he is; he's like yourself, he's only half-baked, the half thick.

  • And is not the half-baked designer in as sorry a plight as the half-baked artist of any kind?

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • As this sago is half-baked in this operation, it will keep for a very long time.

  • More than a dozen bodies lay upon it, half-baked, half-roasted!

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • If not, it is wiser to defer than to offer a half-baked opinion.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense
British Dictionary definitions for half-baked

half-baked

adjective
1.
insufficiently baked
2.
(informal) foolish; stupid
3.
(informal) poorly planned or conceived
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Word Origin and History for half-baked
adj.

1620s as "underdone;" 1855 in sense of "silly;" see half + bake (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for half-baked

half-baked

adjective

Foolish; ill-conceived; not completely thought out; half-assed (1621+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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