[haf-beykt, hahf-]


insufficiently cooked.
not completed; insufficiently planned or prepared: a half-baked proposal for tax reform.
lacking mature judgment or experience; unrealistic.

Origin of half-baked

First recorded in 1615–25
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Historical Examples of half-baked

  • And so he is; he's like yourself, he's only half-baked, the half thick.

  • And is not the half-baked designer in as sorry a plight as the half-baked artist of any kind?

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • As this sago is half-baked in this operation, it will keep for a very long time.

  • More than a dozen bodies lay upon it, half-baked, half-roasted!

  • If not, it is wiser to defer than to offer a half-baked opinion.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense

British Dictionary definitions for half-baked



insufficiently baked
informal foolish; stupid
informal poorly planned or conceived
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Word Origin and History for half-baked

1620s as "underdone;" 1855 in sense of "silly;" see half + bake (v.).

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