harebrained

or hair·brained

[ hair-breynd ]
/ ˈhɛərˌbreɪnd /

adjective

giddy; reckless.

Nearby words

  1. hare krishnas,
  2. hare's-foot,
  3. hare's-foot fern,
  4. hare-brained,
  5. harebell,
  6. hareem,
  7. harelip,
  8. harem,
  9. harem pants,
  10. harestail

Origin of harebrained

First recorded in 1545–55; hare + brained

Related formshare·brained·ly, adverbhare·brained·ness, noun

Can be confusedharebrained harelip

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British Dictionary definitions for hare-brained

harebrained

hairbrained

/ (ˈhɛəˌbreɪnd) /

adjective

rash, foolish, or badly thought outharebrained schemes
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Word Origin and History for hare-brained

hare-brained

adj.

also harebrained, 1550s, from hare-brain "giddy or reckless person" (1540s), probably from hare, on notion of "flighty, skittish."

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