or hair·brained



giddy; reckless.

Origin of harebrained

First recorded in 1545–55; hare + brained
Related formshare·brained·ly, adverbhare·brained·ness, noun
Can be confusedharebrained harelip

Synonyms for harebrained

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Contemporary Examples of harebrained

Historical Examples of harebrained

  • "It's a harebrained scheme, Peter," he said gravely, shaking his handsome head.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • To hide himself in jungles, to be heard of only by his harebrained exploits!

  • His mouth twitched as he filled his harebrained visitor's glass.

    Mushroom Town

    Oliver Onions

  • I fear that Colonel Burr has been plying you with his harebrained schemes.

    A Volunteer with Pike

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • It would be for the benefit of my cousin--who is a good lad, but harebrained, and without ballast--for you to go with him.

British Dictionary definitions for harebrained




rash, foolish, or badly thought outharebrained schemes
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