[ haf-beykt, hahf- ]
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  1. insufficiently cooked.

  2. not completed; insufficiently planned or prepared: a half-baked proposal for tax reform.

  1. lacking mature judgment or experience; unrealistic.

Origin of half-baked

First recorded in 1615–25

Words Nearby half-baked

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How to use half-baked in a sentence

  • Or are all you Mentorians so gutless that you believe any half-baked folk tale the Lhari pass off on you?

    The Colors of Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • It is true that she regarded her as a half-baked natural, but she would never let anyone but herself say so.

    The Pagan's Cup | Fergus Hume
  • Not in all his career had he ever been known to discuss in print his theories, or deductions, or half-baked conclusion.

  • This is characteristic of an excess in education; of the half baked mind overtrained.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2) | Henry Watterson
  • He believed in sudden conversion, a belief which may be right, but which is peculiarly attractive to a half-baked mind.

    Howards End | E. M. Forster

British Dictionary definitions for half-baked


  1. insufficiently baked

  2. informal foolish; stupid

  1. informal poorly planned or conceived

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