[ haf-ast, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˈæst, ˈhɑf- /

adjective Slang: Vulgar.

insufficient or haphazard; not fully planned or developed.
incompetent; lacking sufficient ability or knowledge.


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Origin of half-assed

First recorded in 1960–65; half + ass2 + -ed3
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adjective US and Canadian slang

incompetent; inept
lacking efficiency or organization
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