1. ended or completed.
  2. completed or perfected in all details, as a product: to pack and ship finished items.
  3. polished to the highest degree of excellence: a dazzling and finished piece of writing.
  4. highly skilled or accomplished: a finished violinist.
  5. condemned, doomed, or in the process of extinction: The aristocracy was finished after the revolution.
  6. (of livestock) fattened and ready for market.

Origin of finished

First recorded in 1575–85; finish + -ed2
Related formshalf-fin·ished, adjectivewell-fin·ished, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for half-finished

Historical Examples of half-finished

British Dictionary definitions for half-finished


  1. only partially completeda half-finished jigsaw puzzle


  1. perfected
  2. (predicative) at the end of a task, activity, etcthey were finished by four
  3. (predicative) without further hope of success or continuationshe was finished as a prima ballerina
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