Definition of Half-baked

1. Adjective. Foolish; totally unsound. "A screwball proposal without a prayer of working"

Exact synonyms: Crazy, Screwball, Softheaded
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Impractical
Derivative terms: Craziness, Screwball



2. Adjective. Insufficiently cooked.
Exact synonyms: Underdone
Similar to: Raw

Definition of Half-baked

1. Adjective. (&lit Partially cooked by heating in an oven) ¹

2. Adjective. (idiomatic informal frequently derisive) Incomplete; (context: of an idea or scheme) not fully planned or carefully considered, ill-conceived, unsound or badly thought-out; (context: of a person) foolish or having no common sense. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Half-baked

halest
halethazole
half
half(a)
half-
half-a-gram stain
half-and-half
half-and-half dressing
half-arsed
half-asleep
half-awake
half-axial projection
half-back
half-baked (current term)
half-ball
half-birthday
half-birthdays
half-blood
half-blooded
half-boot
half-boots
half-bound
half-brained
half-break
half-bred
half-breed
half-brethren
half-brother

Literary usage of Half-baked

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"The synonyms are "to be touched," "off one's chump," " wrong in the upper storey," "to have rats in the upper storey," " a tile loose," " half-baked," ..."

2. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"1842 It is sometimes a term of reproach with us, in speaking of a silly fellow, that he is not half baked.—Mrs. Kirkland, 'Forest Life,' i. 41. ..."

3. A Military Dictionary: Or, Explaination of the Several Systems of Discipline by William Duane (1810)
"/j faille. seldom more than half baked; which together with the water it contains, increases the weight, and consequently enhances the value. ..."

4. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"Not thoroughly baked ; hence, in colloquial use, raw ; inexperienced; silly; immature; ill-digested. Ho must scheme forsooth, this half-baked Scotch cake! ..."

5. A Supplementary English Glossary by Thomas Lewis Owen Davies (1881)
"half-baked, raw ; inexperienced : f illy. " Ephraim is a cake not turned " (Новел vü. 8). ('£. ... "A sort of half-baked body," (aid ..."

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