Definition of half-baked in English:



  • 1Not fully thought through; lacking a sound basis.

    ‘a half-baked conspiracy theory’
    • ‘Last Days, by comparison, is simply small, plumbing the shallow depths of half-baked notions about celebrity and art and depression.’
    • ‘I jotted down a bunch of things that have been bouncing around my head regarding social software, some half-baked, some fully baked.’
    • ‘Joking aside, The Lizzie McGuire Movie may sound predictable and half-baked, but it is a surprisingly good film.’
    • ‘As a result, Yosemite sounds like a half-baked children's album for weary adults.’
    • ‘Is it just the ego's yearning for self-gratification that makes a person cling to the half-baked notion that every single human being is a unique individual?’
    • ‘Compare then the words of Franz Kafka and William Faulkner to the half-baked notions of the end of history and the clash of civilizations.’
    • ‘The one completely half-baked notion I had at the end was that Barry Egan was Popeye.’
    • ‘After more than four years of talking about schemes, at last we have a proposal which, frankly, I feel is inadequate and half-baked.’
    • ‘Under such circumstances, the rural population needs the reassurance of a fully staffed and professional police force, not a half-baked proposal to use the retired.’
    • ‘Think something all the way through rather than going with a stupid, knee-jerk reaction based on some half-baked beliefs.’
    • ‘The only thing wrong with P-Y's current plans is that he's struggling with half-baked ideas for content, like Ministry of Sound events.’
    • ‘I mean, here I was with an escaped convict, heading down the stairs of a questionable business with a half-baked plan developing in my mind.’
    • ‘It's pathetic, it's half-baked, it's childish.’
    • ‘But we will not support the pathetic, half-baked attempt that the Government so proudly proclaims as its solution.’
    • ‘Those who would mistake the storm for a lame gimmick or a half-baked attempt at breaching the fourth wall are missing the point.’
    • ‘I will investigate the links and come back with yet more half-baked questions, I imagine… cheers chaps!’
    • ‘In some cases, works that were originally conceived as part of a series appeared in bits and dribbles, which frequently made for a half-baked presentation.’
    • ‘So because the analysis is half-baked, so too is the solution and as such, when combined with the slight hitch referred to, it will prove as about as effective as a lighthouse in the Bog of Allen.’
    • ‘Every problem, no matter how fundamental, is bombarded with a raft of half-baked, jargon-infested initiatives that spark for a day in the headlines and then quietly fizzle out.’
    • ‘An election is all about putting your most mouth-watering political wares in the shop window, and discarding those half-baked ideas that will crumble under election pressure.’
    not thought through, not fully developed, undeveloped, unformed, hare-brained
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    1. 1.1Foolish.
      ‘a half-baked hippie chick’
      • ‘In a jocular vein he speaks about the raw deal meted out to directors by certain half-baked specialists ‘who speak authoritatively’ about cinema.’
      • ‘Daena may be a half-baked character, but she isn't the film's weakest link.’
      • ‘Even the half-baked economists at the IMF should know that holding back government spending in a contracting economy is like turning off the engines on an aeroplane in stall.’
      foolish, stupid, silly, idiotic, doltish, asinine, simple-minded, feeble-minded, empty-headed, hare-brained, feather-brained, feather-headed, brainless, senseless, witless, unintelligent, ignorant
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