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 Defined for English Language Learners

half-cocked

Definition of half-cocked for English Language Learners

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


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