half-cocked

adjective
\ ˈhaf-ˈkäkt , ˈhäf- \

Definition of half-cocked 

1 : being at half cock

2 : lacking adequate preparation or forethought go off half-cocked

First Known Use of half-cocked

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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half-cocked

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of half-cocked

: showing a lack of preparation or careful thought : stupid or foolish

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