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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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  • "It's a harebrained scheme, Peter," he said gravely, shaking his handsome head.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • To hide himself in jungles, to be heard of only by his harebrained exploits!

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • His mouth twitched as he filled his harebrained visitor's glass.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • I fear that Colonel Burr has been plying you with his harebrained schemes.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
  • It would be for the benefit of my cousin--who is a good lad, but harebrained, and without ballast--for you to go with him.

  • A couple of my harebrained kids have come up with an idea that makes sense and looks like it might salvage a lot of lost water.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • His harebrained manner rendered him insupportable to me, and my coldness drew upon me his aversion.

  • The Christian cavaliers well knew the harebrained valor of Hernan, yet not one hesitated to step forward.

British Dictionary definitions for harebrained


rash, foolish, or badly thought out: harebrained schemes
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