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hairbrained

[hair-breynd]
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adjective
  1. harebrained.
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harebrained

or hair·brained

[hair-breynd]
adjective
  1. giddy; reckless.
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Origin of harebrained

First recorded in 1545–55; hare + brained
Related formshare·brained·ly, adverbhare·brained·ness, noun
Can be confusedharebrained harelip

Synonyms

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rattlebrained, scatterbrained, half-baked, dimwitted.
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Examples from the Web for hairbrained

Historical Examples

  • This holiday excursion of a hairbrained youth was as transient as a border-foray on a large scale.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)

    John Addington Symonds

  • And the first and fundamental cause of your failure is, I think, your hairbrained, unquenchable youth.

    Kenny

    Leona Dalrymple

  • Like his hairbrained, unquenchable youth, bright with folly, the sunsets and vanity lay in the past.

    Kenny

    Leona Dalrymple

  • A thousand things may happen if you carry out this hairbrained scheme of yours.

    To Win the Love He Sought

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • You have even called me hairbrained, and perhaps you were right; but you know that I can be very serious when I wish.


British Dictionary definitions for hairbrained

hairbrained

adjective
  1. a variant spelling of harebrained
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harebrained

hairbrained

adjective
  1. rash, foolish, or badly thought outharebrained schemes
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