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Definition of "half-baked" []

  • Only partly baked. (adjective)
  • Informal Insufficiently thought out; ill-conceived: a half-baked scheme. (adjective)
  • Informal Exhibiting a lack of good judgment or common sense: a half-baked visionary. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "half-baked" in a sentence
  • "The SEC was sharply criticized last year by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff over what he called a "half-baked" settlement with Bank of America Corp. over disclosures about its takeover of Merrill Lynch & Co. The Charlotte, N.C., bank agreed to pay $150 million, but no individuals were charged."
  • "Mr. Rakoff rejected a $33 million settlement between Bank of America and the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed in 2009 before reluctantly approving a later $150 million agreement he called "half-baked justice at best.""
  • "Sure, viewers sit through season after season of God-awful warbling on DioGuardi's old show American Idol, but on Platinum Hit, contestants are not only shaky singers, they're all performing their own half-baked, unproven material."