- insufficiently cooked.
- not completed; insufficiently planned or prepared: a half-baked proposal for tax reform.
- lacking mature judgment or experience; unrealistic.
Origin of half-baked
First recorded in 1615–25
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Examples from the Web for half-baked
"The ideas were good, but they were half-baked," one senior staffer explained.Special Ops Commander Swears: I Won't Be Hillary's VP
August 29, 2014
Then there were those songs that were either too half-baked or half-hearted to even fool us into turning them into smash hits.Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Us From This Awful Musical Summer?
July 30, 2014
But the anti-Stalinism competes with half-baked fantasies about a better tomorrow.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea
May 18, 2014
The coverage was too busy with hashtags and a half-baked hyperfocus on TeamUSA.The Good, the Bad, and the Pink Eye
February 23, 2014
Ultimately, this is a Christmas of no-bake cookies, half-baked theology, and pre-packaged Christmas stories.Sarah Palin Is Here to Save Christmas, Thank God
November 13, 2013
And so he is; he's like yourself, he's only half-baked, the half thick.The Shadow of a Crime
And is not the half-baked designer in as sorry a plight as the half-baked artist of any kind?College Teaching
As this sago is half-baked in this operation, it will keep for a very long time.Chatterbox, 1905.
More than a dozen bodies lay upon it, half-baked, half-roasted!The Scalp Hunters
If not, it is wiser to defer than to offer a half-baked opinion.The Armed Forces Officer
U. S. Department of Defense
- insufficiently baked
- informal foolish; stupid
- informal poorly planned or conceived
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Word Origin and History for half-baked
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