View synonyms for harebrained


or hair·brained

[ hair-breynd ]


  1. giddy; reckless.

    Synonyms: dimwitted, scatterbrained, half-baked, rattlebrained


/ ˈhɛəˌbreɪnd /


  1. rash, foolish, or badly thought out

    harebrained schemes

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Other Words From

  • harebrainedly adverb
  • harebrainedness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of harebrained1

First recorded in 1545–55; hare + brained

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Example Sentences

Watch it on HBO MaxKate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey’s performances in this harebrained movie are straight-up bonkers—and that’s a compliment.

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It’s how we got from a guy carping about supposed voter fraud in an election he won, in 2016, to a guy spurring a harebrained effort to overturn the 2020 election, which he lost.

With six weeks left in the season, the entire NFC outside of the harebrained NFC East is effectively playing for playoff seeding or draft position.

In many circles, “Scientology” has become a stand-in for a certain harebrained strain of Hollywood religiosity.

“It was kind of a harebrained scheme,” says a former top Republican House official.

Paul, to be fair, is a principled isolationist, which is a harebrained position but not a dishonest one.

His harebrained manner rendered him insupportable to me, and my coldness drew upon me his aversion.

Then followed an act of heroism and harebrained enterprise which is now the talk of the whole army.

The Irish setter was a wild, undisciplined pup, harebrained and headlong after the manner of his breed.

I had come with my harebrained followers over a thousand leagues of sea,and for what?

She rallied Russian patriotism to her side by advising that no notice be taken of this harebrained suggestion.


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