harebrained

adjective
hare·brained | \ˈher-ˈbrānd \

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Examples of harebrained in a Sentence

the movie follows the harebrained antics of a pair of stoners who seem incapable of growing up a harebrained idea to go for a hike in an area where grizzly bear attacks had recently been reported

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The cross-country cycling tour was my grandfather's harebrained scheme for exploring his adoptive homeland. Daniel De Vise, Chicago Reader, "How two Belgian boys became the youngest kids to bike across the U.S.—in 1935," 21 June 2018 Sundry underworld types scratch and sniff in pursuit, but their harebrained motives — like the money itself — are mere tools with which to paint a pitch-black picture of Chinese economic frustration set against the allure of Western opportunity. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Have a Nice Day,’ a Follow-the-Money Tale in China," 25 Jan. 2018 Highlights were plentiful this season, from a harebrained Jack White to a regal Cardi B to a firebrand Childish Gambino. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Who Was Your Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Musical Guest This Season? Vote!," 21 May 2018 This is hardly the first time D’Souza has said something wrong/inflammatory/harebrained. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Are you OK with Florida GOP hosting speech by Dinesh D'Souza, who mocked Parkland students?," 4 May 2018 Sundry underworld types scratch and sniff in pursuit, but their harebrained motives — like the money itself — are mere tools with which to paint a pitch-black picture of Chinese economic frustration set against the allure of Western opportunity. Jeannette Catsoulis, miamiherald, "In ‘Have a Nice Day,’ a follow-the-money tale in China | Miami Herald," 14 Feb. 2018 The problems with the White House's harebrained idea here should be obvious to anyone who put more than ten minutes of thought into it before putting pen to paper. Jay Willis, GQ, "The White House's Food Stamps Reform Proposal Is Inhuman," 13 Feb. 2018 With the way things have gone for the Spurs over the past month, Popovich is open for suggestions, harebrained or not. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "With rodeo trip looming, the Spurs’ ship is listing," 5 Feb. 2018 So we don’t get lost in harebrained dreams or computer programs taken for reality. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Reconnecting with Nature, and with Wi-Fi," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of harebrained

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of harebrained was in 1534

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harebrained

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of harebrained

: very silly or foolish

harebrained

adjective
hare·brained | \ˈher-ˈbrānd \

Kids Definition of harebrained

: foolish a harebrained plan

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