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or hairbrained

[hair-breynd] /ˈhɛərˌbreɪnd/
giddy; reckless.
Origin of harebrained
First recorded in 1545-55; hare + brained
Related forms
harebrainedly, adverb
harebrainedness, noun
Can be confused
harebrained, harelip.
rattlebrained, scatterbrained, half-baked, dimwitted. Unabridged
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  • Harris made a hare-brained attempt to rescue her single-handed.

  • He said to himself that he was every bit as thoughtless as their hare-brained guide.

    In Quest of Gold Alfred St. Johnston
  • You are serving the King with these hare-brained Gascons, are you not?

    Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
  • Nothing could restrain the hare-brained and ungoverned crew.

  • What hare-brained scheme have you got in your mind now, Brent?

    Men, Women and Guns H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
  • What's the use of anybody's grieving for a little, mad, hare-brained thing like me?

    Sharing Her Crime May Agnes Fleming
  • That fellow Fullerton was once described to me by a Jew as 'hare-brained.'

    A Dream of the North Sea

    James Runciman
  • I wonder where the hare-brained savant that writes them can be living?

    Off on a Comet Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for hare-brained


rash, foolish, or badly thought out: harebrained schemes
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Word Origin and History for hare-brained

also harebrained, 1550s, from hare-brain "giddy or reckless person" (1540s), probably from hare, on notion of "flighty, skittish."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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