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[hair-breynd] /ˈhɛərˌbreɪnd/
giddy; reckless.
Origin of harebrained
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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  • Did I not hear that hare-brained youngster declare this evening that money was made round that it might roll.

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

    In Quest of Gold Alfred St. Johnston
  • The prince Cid Hiaya agreed with him in opinion, and sallied forth with his troops upon all kinds of hare-brained exploits.

  • That fellow Fullerton was once described to me by a Jew as 'hare-brained.'

    A Dream of the North Sea James Runciman
  • The youngster's not a sort of hare-brained fellow who would look for trouble.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • I wonder where the hare-brained savant that writes them can be living?

    Off on a Comet Jules Verne
  • Nothing could restrain the hare-brained and ungoverned crew.

  • Europe has had enough of you with your hare-brained schemes and foolish failures.

    The Yellow Crayon E. Phillips Oppenheim
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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